IAF jet 248.88.
(photo credit: AP [file])
A week after an Israel Air Force helicopter crashed in Romania, the IAF again
deployed overseas on Thursday, this time to Hungary where it flew two fighter
jets and a transport aircraft.
The deployment in Hungary was at the
request of the Hungarian Air Force, which asked the IAF to send aircraft to
Hungary to participate in an expo marking Air Force Day in Hungary. The planes
will remain in Hungary for a few days and then return to Israel.
with IAF policy to cooperate with foreign air forces, the IAF decided
this week to send two F-16Is – called Sufa (Storm) – and a Hercules
transport aircraft. The delegation was led by an F16I squadron
F-16I is Israel’s most advanced and newest fighter jet.
IDF sources said
this week that the IAF will continue flying overseas despite the tragedy
“These flights are extremely important for a pilot’s training,”
a senior IAF officer said. “During a war, a pilot will need to navigate
places he has never been before. Flying overseas in new terrain helps
The number of deployments overseas has grown significantly in
recent years due to the growing challenges that the IAF faces in Iran
It has bolstered ties with a number of countries and in the past few
alone the IAF flew in Greece, Italy and Romania.