to Host Seven Overseas Air Forces for Largest Ever Drill
March 23, 2017
will host air forces from seven countries this fall for a drill hailed as the
largest exercise ever held in the skies above Israel.
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.
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.
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
and other representatives from nearly 40 countries will also attend.
are seeing there’s a lot to learn from Israel. In our tiny airspace and in the
environment around us, things are so intense. The Russians are here. … Many of
the world’s air forces are passing through here on their way to operations in
Syria and elsewhere in the region. So we provide a sort of battle lab in which
forces can hone a spectrum of skills needed to combat growing threats,” Hecht
planes have carried out a number of sorties against weapons convoys in Syria,
reportedly raising tensions with Russia.