Bringing together air force units from 7 different countries in southern Israel, the 11 day Blue-Flag drill is set to be the largest aerial drill ever hosted by the Israel Air Force.
Delegations from seven visiting air forces—Greece, Poland, Italy, USA and for the first time also India, France and Germany—on Sunday began Blue Flag 2017, the biggest ever version of the Blue Flag bi-annual joint military exercise hosted by Israel.
“Blue-Flag” 2015 – IAF Archive Photo/IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
Close to 100 aircraft and more than a thousand support crew and pilots from seven different air forces will take part in the 11-day drill taking place in IAF’s Ovda Base north of Eilat, while officers and attaches from nearly 40 other countries are expected to attend the exercise which the Israel Air Force has described as aiming to “simulate extreme combat scenarios and coalition flights as realistically as possible.” Continue Reading »
WATCH: Becoming one of the few navies to ever carry out such an underwater operation, the Israeli navy holds special rescue & medical exercises with their Italian counterparts in order to perfect extricating the crew safely from a sunken submarine.
By Yoav Zitun
An Israeli Navy submarine crew took part in an exercise last week, which simulated the rescue of a sunken submarine on the high seas. This type of exercise is rare among navies, and the first of its kind in Israel.
Israeli Navy in exercises with the Italian navy – Photo: IDF spokesperson
The drill, held off the coast of Atlit, was conducted with the special cooperation of the Italian navy – one of the few in the world that maintains the ability to extract a sunken submarine’s crew. Continue Reading »
IDF has been conducting new drills between the IAF and their northern territorial brigades.
The Israel Air Force has recently completed a series of drills aimed at improving the responses of drone operators to attempted hostile infiltrations of the country’s borders.
THIS HERON drone featured in Northern Command drills aimed at improving responses to attempted infiltrations by terrorists. – Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The drills factored in lessons learned from the deadly antitank missile attack launched by Hezbollah from Lebanon in January, which killed two IDF soldiers. They also included lessons learned from Operation Protective Edge in Gaza last year. Continue Reading »
Despite suffering massive burns himself, the quick-thinking response by a brave young commander who ran to a burning tank, saved his comrade, & prevented an IDF training accident from becoming a deadly one.
By Yoav Zitun
The IDF ‘s investigation into Tuesday’s training accident revealed an act of impressive bravery on the part of the company commander.
Soldier evacuated from incident – Photo: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv
During the incident, four combat soldiers were wounded, but the brave actions of company commander Second Lieutenant Eylon Tsarfati – who was also wounded – prevented the incident from ending much worse.
Tsarfati’s “quick response despite the burns he sustained is what you would expect from an IDF commander,” a senior commander said. Continue Reading »
Greece, Italy, Israel and the U.S. are holding joint aerial training exercise above Israel with about 100 aircraft.
IDF points out: Joint exercise has nothing to do with Iran
By Yoav Zitun
Some 50 fighter jets belonging to Israel, Greece, the US and Italy took off Sunday morning from the Ovda air base, signaling the beginning of the largest military air exercise in Israel’s history.
Israel Air Force – Phot courtesy: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The Blue Flag exercise is being hosted by Israel will continue until Thursday and will include more than 60 jet fighters among them the Tornado, AMX and F-15. Continue Reading »
Hezbollah took credit for the reported rocket attack, saying it had struck an ‘Israeli settlement’ in Northern Israel.
Israel launches major nation-wide army drill in preparation for possible war with Lebanese terrorist organization.
By Israel Today Staff
Lebanese media reported that a missile presumably fired by the Hezbollah terrorist militia landed in northern Israel late Sunday night. That report was backed up by resident of the Israeli border town of Metula, who spoke of a high-pitched whistle followed by a loud explosion.
Israeli and Lebanese forces were searching for evidence of the missile strike, but by mid-morning Monday no confirmation had been provided. Continue Reading »
Everyone called on to actively participate in national exercise by going to their protected areas when sirens are sounded at 12:30 pm in afternoon & 7:05 this evening.
No sirens will be heard in areas bordering Gaza, in order not to cause panic.
By Yoav Zitun
One of the two sirens part of the annual emergency exercise sounded at noon on Monday. The first alarm sounded at 12:30 pm and was meant primarily as a workplace and educational institution exercise. The second siren will sound vated at 7:05 pm, so families can practice in their homes.
Erdan (second from left), beside IDF chief Benny Gantz – Photo: IDF Spokesperson
Following reports of the firing of a rocket from Lebanese territory toward Metula and keeping in mind Israeli worries of the flow of advanced weaponry from Syria to Hezbollah, the Home Front Command has called on citizens to actively participate in the exercise and enter protected spaces. Continue Reading »