Israel hosts four-nation warplane drill over Negev Desert

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Israel this week is hosting Blue Flag, a joint air force drill with pilots from the U.S., Italy, and Greece over the skies of the Negev Desert.

The Negev Desert. Credit: Godot13 via Wikimedia Commons.

Seven Israeli flight squadrons are participating in the exercise, including one “red” squadron, which acts as a mock enemy force. Each nation’s air force came with its own aircraft: Israeli squadrons are flying F-15s and F-16s, the U.S. pilots are flying F-16Es, the Italians the Tornado AMX, and the Hellenic Airforce is operating its own F-16s. In all, more than 60 aircrafts participated.

“The exercise is not intended to simulate a geostrategic scenario, but generic threats, like aerial defense and attacking targets,” a senior Israel Air Force official said Monday.

Posted on November 26, 2013 .