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In a first, IAF heads for drills to Israel

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  1. lca-fan

    lca-fan Captain FULL MEMBER

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    In a first, IAF heads for drills to Israel
    NEW DELHI: In a first, Indian forces are set to head for Israel to take part in joint military drills that will have significant strategic implications given the list of participants that includes US, France and Germany.
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    India and Israel discreetly exchange small teams of experts for cross training, including special operations but have not taken part in a joint military drill till now.
    The joint aerial drills are being described as the biggest and most complex ever to be hosted by Israel. While details are yet to be worked out, defence ministry sources confirmed that an Indian Air Force team will participate in the Blue Flag exercise that is being hosted by Israel later in the year. “The participation is confirmed but details on which assets or how many personnel will take part are not yet available,” sources said.
    This would mark the first time that India will take part in a multinational military drill in Israel, which has emerged as one of the primary weapons supplier to New Delhi with systems ranging from unmanned aerial vehicles to missile protection and small arms.

    Reports from Tel Aviv quoting Israeli Air Force officials say that the Blue Flag exercise would involve seven nations besides Israel and could see participation by nearly 100 aircraft from around the world. The other participants include Poland, Greece and Italy.

    The Indian Air Force has gained valuable expertise in the past during multi nation drills in the US, having participated in the Red Flag series of exercises. The last exercise was held in Alaska in May 2016 in which India sent four Su 30 MKIs, four Jaguar fighters and two IL 78 mid air tankers.

    While it is still unclear if India would sent its fighters for the Israeli exercise, the common platforms being operated by the two nations includes the Heron unmanned aerial vehicle. India is in the process of acquiring a number of more advanced Heron UAVs for an armed role from Israel as well.
    Though Israel is a prime weapons supplier to India – it has won major contracts to supply avionics for Russian origin aircraft as well – joint military drills have remained a sensitive topic till now.

    The two nations discreetly exchange small teams of experts for cross training, including special operations but have not taken part in a joint military drill till now.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com...for-drills-to-israel/articleshow/57782373.cms

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    This is huge development. Training against those Israeli F16s and F15s would be excellent for the IAF.
     
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    Lion of Rajputana Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Excellent news. Boy would I love to see a dogfight between the two IAF's...
     
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    Had we accepted Israel's proposal to destroy Pakistani nuclear facilities in 1987 When Rajiv Gandhi rejected it we would not have had a nuclear powered terrorist living in our neighborhood. Gen. Sundarji was ready and had also conducted Brasstacks exercise for it, Rajiv Gandhi developed cold feet. Israelis would have destroyed their 95% built reactor at Kahuta which would have initiated war between India Pakistan and that war could have been decisive with Pakistan getting destroyed once and for all.

    Israeli Airforce Successfully destroyed Iraqi Nuclear facility which was 2500 kms far from Israel flying F-16 at tree top levels to avoid Radar for almost entire flight.
     
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    Glad to see that India is putting this relationship into the limelight after a long time of hiding it.
     
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    Thinking about the History here - the IsAf fought against adversaries that all have fielded Russians aircrafts (correct?) - now the scenario has changed when most of the same are now/soon fielding western frames and her ally IAF is having Russian Frames ! .... times have changed !
     
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    it would get might confusing TWO IAFs hahahhaha
    plenty of friendly attrition lol
     
  8. Sancho

    Sancho Major Technical Analyst

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    Does anybody have further info's on this exercise?
     
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    Good move, more such military exercises should be held with Israel and US
     
  10. Sancho

    Sancho Major Technical Analyst

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    Actually without uncle Sam watching, Israel might be giving out more about their tactics and capabilities.
    But I would love to hear and see more about the exercise. What fighters participated, what scenarios were trained, how was the experience for Israeli pilots fighting our MKI, what did our pilots learn...
     
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    Sancho Major Technical Analyst

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    The exercise must have ended and still no news about it? What's up with Indian media?
     
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