Israel and Iran hold separate large-scale air exercises


As tensions continue to mount between Iran and Israel, the two countries are organizing large-scale air exercises.

Israel and seven countries – Germany, Italy, Britain, France, India, Greece and the United States – participate in Blue Flag 2021, the world’s largest and most advanced air exercise never organized in the Jewish state.

This year’s exercises will focus on integrating fourth and fifth generation aircraft, including the F-35 Adir, into complex operational scenarios, the IDF said.

The exercise will focus on “expanding and improving the operational capabilities of the participating forces”, with an emphasis on air-to-air and air-to-ground attacks, as well as on the evasion of air defense systems in the United States. ground “and various operational scenarios in enemy territory,” the army said.

The two-week exercise in the Negev Desert from Uvda Air Base marks the first time a British fighter squadron has deployed to Israel since the state’s inception as well as the first time let India send a Mirage fighter. squadron in Israel and that France has deployed a Rafael squadron in the Jewish state.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi introduces Luftwaffe Inspector Lieutenant General. Ingo Gerhartz with a Medal of Appreciation (credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON’S UNIT)

The commander of the Israeli Air Force, Major-General. Amikam Norkin, who took part in a symbolic flyover of Jerusalem alongside his German counterpart Lieutenant General. Ingo Gerhartz said last week that threats to Israel continue to increase and that the exercise is a “stepping stone” to cooperation with other countries in the region.

“We live in a very complicated region, and threats against the State of Israel from Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Iran are only increasing,” he said. operational activities on all fronts, is of the utmost strategic importance and has a considerable impact on the Israel Air Force, the Israeli Army and the State of Israel. “

“This exercise is revolutionary in terms of technology, quality of training and the number of participating countries. It illustrates the partnership and close ties between the air forces of the countries and constitutes a springboard for regional and international cooperation,” said Norkin . .

Meanwhile, the Iranian Air Force on Thursday launched the Modafe’an Aseman-e Velayat 1400 (Guardians of the “Velayat Sky” 1400), which aims to test the capabilities of the Air Force in the Islamic Republic.

According to Iranian news agency Fars, the exercise will see the use of indigenous and improved systems and weapons, including heavy and semi-heavy smart bombs, all kinds of lasers, television, thermal missiles, radars, rockets and bombs.

Iranian F-4, F-5 and F-7 fighters as well as Sukhoi Su-27, F-14, Mirage F1 and MiG-29 participate in the exercise.

Iranian Air Force Commander Brigadier General Hamid Vahedi was quoted by Press TV as saying that “the long-range endurance of Republic Air Force fighter jets Islamic Iranian outside their defensive spheres, specifies the accuracy of bombs and rockets in air-to-ground strikes as well as surveillance of the operational area “will be put to the test during exercises.”

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