The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has again strengthened its nation's ties with the United States, while also cooperating with air forces from other nations such as Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. The Jerusalem Post's Yaakov Lappin writes about Israel's participation in the recent American Red Flag drills that helped strengthen the IAF's long-range capabilities:
Israel Air Force (IAF) jets, transport planes, and refuellers landed back in Israel on Wednesday night, after taking part in the 11-day Exercise Red Flag hosted by the US Air Force held at Nellis Air Base, Nevada from August 15 to 26.
The IAF took part in the drill together with the Pakistani and UAE air forces, according to American media reports.
Just getting to the far-away drill formed a significant training run for long-range flights, a senior IAF source said on Thursday, in reference to the air force's need to maintain strike capabilities for potential future flights to Iran .
"We want to train forces for long-range flights. This is a very complex mission. I have not seen another country that alone gets there [to Red Flag] without external [American] services. This strengthened our air crews' long-range 'muscles,'" the source said...