The United States and Israel have been and will continue to be friends and allies. This historical bond will be strengthened further this week, reports The Times of Israel's Judah Ari Gross, when the two nations' air forces cooperate in a joint flight drill in southern Israel:
The drill will take place at the Israeli Air Force’s Ovda air base, just north of Eilat.
Ovda is the home of the air force’s Flying Dragon Squadron, also known as the Red Squadron, which plays the role of enemy aircraft during simulations. It is made up of F-16 fighter jets and Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters.
“In the coming days, an international exercise, in cooperation with the American air force, will take place at the Ovda air base,” the army said in an email. “The exercise is part of the annual training plan.”
The Haaretz newspaper reported that US Air Force F-15 fighter jets will take part in the exercise.
Later this year, Israel will host its largest-ever aerial exercise in Ovda — known as “Blue Flag” — bringing in seven air forces from around the world...