Israel Air Force Pilots Return from US Aerial Exercise “Red Flag”

Pilots from Israel’s Air Force recently completed training in part of the United States Air Force’s “Red Flag” aerial military exercise along with several international air forces on Thursday.

“Red Flag” is a multi-national, advanced aerial combat training carried out since 1975 from the Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The exercises are carried out multiple times a year, the exercises typically simulating war scenarios.

Israel’s Air Force has participated since 2000, the delegation this year including g F-15 and F-16’s, with a reported eight F-161 Sufa fighter jets, as well as a refueling plane. Both Pakistan and United Arab Emirates were part of the multi-national exercise as well.

The exercise reportedly focused on “long-range flights” as well as rescue missions, intelligence, aircraft interception, ground-to-air missiles threats and scenarios and much more. The IDF refused to give specific information from the exercise.

According to an official from Israel’s Air Force, Israel will host the “Blue Flag” aerial exercise in the near future, the exercise to be held in Israel and to include multiple international air forces.

This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, September 1, 2016, and reposted with permission.