Blue Flag

Riccardo Niccoli visited Ovda Air Base in southern Israel to discover what the multinational exercise Blue Flag has to offer its participants

MILITARY EXERCISE BLUE FLAG

F-15C Baz 840, marked with three and a half Syrian Air Force roundels each denoting an aerial victory (two MiG-23s, one MiG-21 and a shared MiG-23) from the 1980s, on take-off from Ovda Air Base during Exercise Blue Flag 2017. The aircraft is carrying an IAI-Elta electronic countermeasures pod on station 3.
Riccardo Niccoli
One of six F-16I Sufa fighters deployed to Ovda from 107 ‘Knights of the Orange Tail’ Squadron’ from Hatzerim Air Base.
Erik Bruijn

Every other year since 2013, the Zroa Ha’Avir VeHahalal (Israel Air and Space Force or IASF) has run Exercise Blue Flag from its Ovda Air Base in the Negev Desert.

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