Negev Drill: Israel Hosts Four-Nation Warplane Exercise Over Desert
Seven Israeli flight squadrons are participating in the exercise, including one “red” squadron, which acts as a mock enemy force. Each nation’s air force came with its own aircraft: Israeli squadrons are flying F-15s and F-16s, the U.S. pilots are flying F-16Es, the Italians the Tornado AMX, and the Hellenic Airforce is operating its own F-16s. In all, more than 60 aircrafts participated.
“The exercise is not intended to simulate a geostrategic scenario, but generic threats, like aerial defense and attacking targets,” a senior Israel Air Force official said Monday.