WAR GAMES IN THE NEGEV

Ovda air base in Israel’s Negev Desert hosted Exercise ‘Blue Flag’ in November, which attracted five nations and some 70 aircraft including F-35s for the first time.

THE FOURTH BIANNUAL ‘Blue Flag’ was held between November 3-14, 2019, at Ovda air base in the southern Negev region near the Jordanian border. It attracted the usual cocktail of exotic fighters including the local Israeli aircraft such as F-15s, F-16Is, and F-35s.

A rather battered-looking F-15A Baz (681) of 133 ‘Knights of the Twin Tail’ Squadron. Giovanni Colla

The US Air Force arrived with a dozen 480th Fighter Squadron F-16CMs from Spangdahlem; Hellenic Air Force F-16C Block 52+ jets came from from 335 Mira, six German Eurofighters from Taktische Luftwaff engeschwader 71 ‘Richthofen’, and six Italian F-35As from the 13° Gruppo, joined by six Eurofighter F-2000As from the 9°, 10°, 12°, and 18° Gruppos and a G550 conformal airborne early warning and control system (CAEW).

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all KeyAero content
  • Exclusive in-depth articles and analysis, videos, quizzes added daily
  • A fully searchable archive – boasting hundreds of thousands of pieces of quality aviation content
  • Access to read all our leading aviation magazines online - meaning you can enjoy the likes of FlyPast, Aeroplane Monthly, AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airports of the World, PC Pilot and Airliner World - as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below