Times of Israel – France, Germany, India and Italy to join previous participants Greece, Poland and US for massive exercise with IAF.
Israel will host air forces from seven countries this fall for a drill hailed as the largest exercise ever held in the skies above Israel.
France, Germany, India and Italy will be actively joining previous participants Greece, Poland and the US, in what Lt. Col. Richard Hecht, the IAF’s international affairs chief, hailed as the biggest air exercise to take place in Israel’s skies, according to a report in Defense News Thursday.
Nearly 100 aircraft and several hundred crew will take part in the latest two-week drill, which has been held twice so far, in 2013 and 2015.
As in the past, this year’s event is expected to see hundreds of sorties throughout the nation’s airspace as participants practice air-to-air battles, ground attacks on fixed- and moving targets, and maneuvering among threats from surface-to-air batteries and shoulder-launched missiles, Defense News said.
In a first, Indian Air Force to head for multi nation drills to Israel. Will take part in Ex Blue Flag. https://t.co/2hsHj4XeRV
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