Delegations from the air forces of seven nations — plus Israel — have begun to take to the air in Blue Flag 2017, the biggest joint military exercise in its history ever hosted by Israel.
For the first time, India is joining the bi-annual multi-lateral exercise, which takes place from Nov. 2-16. Launched in 2013, this year’s Blue Flag drill will include France, Germany and Italy as well as the United States, Greece and Poland.
Close to 100 aircraft and hundreds of fighter pilots and support crews are based at Ovdah Air Base for the two-week exercise.
IAF officials said Blue Flag 2017 is aimed at strengthening operational capability, combat experience and knowledge in coordinating command and control among coalition forces in high-threat theaters.