On November 5, the international Blue Flag 2017 aerial exercise took off in the Israeli Air Force’s Ovda airbase in southern Israel. The exercise is the largest aerial military drill in the history of Israel, according to Israeli sources.
The US, Greece, Poland, France, Italy and Germany and an unnamed country are participating in the aerial exercise along with Israel. It’s the first time India takes part in the Blue Flag exercise.
The Israeli Army announced that the aerial exercise is aimed at improving the technical abilities of the participated countries in order to strengthen the “diplomatic cooperation between the countries.” The Israeli Army added that the countries will “practice different situations and scenarios,” during the exercise.
The aerial exercise will last for 11 days, and over one thousand technical, commanders and pilots will take part in it. During the exercise the involved countries will face the Israeli Air Force “Red Squadron” that will represent the virtual enemy.
The first Blue Flag aerial exercise was organized back in 2013 by the Israeli Army, also in Ovda airbase. In 2015, the exercise took place for the second time.
Through such international military exercises the Israeli Army work to maintain its upper hand in the region, and echoes the political and military strength of Israel in the same time.