The Israeli Air Force is set to host an international military exercise code named “Blue Flag,” in which “Fifth Generation” weaponry, including the advanced F-35 aircraft, will be deployed for the first time in the nation’s history.
Several countries including Germany, Italy, Greece and the United States will take part in the eleven-day drill, that will be conducted from the 3rd to the 14th of November.
Air crews, pilots, and even the aircrafts of the participating countries will come to Israel to carry out a wide range of simulations. According to the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit, “The cooperation aims to enable high-quality international training, mutual learning, development of flight techniques, and after-action review techniques, to offer an opportunity to strengthen relations between countries.”
According IAF Commander identified as Lt.-Col. “Y,” his “Flying Dragon” Squadron “is responsible for” improving the operational capability of the Israeli Air Force (IAF), through operation of “a wide range of aerial platforms, fighter jets, helicopters and transport aircraft.” He further explained that Blue Flag “is the most advanced aerial exercise to be performed in Israel,” that “will require close cooperation between the foreign squadrons and the Israeli squadrons throughout the exercise.” After expressing pride to perform such a significant role in the upcoming drill, Lt.-Col. “Y” said he had “no doubt it will be an excellent exercise, and will show the strength and steadfastness of the IAF.”