Israel Begins "Largest-Ever Aerial Military Drill", As Saudis Consider Missile Strike "Act Of War"

Today, Israel kicked off its largest international aerial training exercise ever - coined: Blue Flag 2017

Air-forces from nine countries with about 50 planes are now starting to drill in the most southern region of the country utilizing Uvda Air Base in Israel.  Teams from India, the United States, Greece, Poland, France, Italy and Germany with be flying over 300 sorties simulating ‘real war’.

According to Israel Defense,

Throughout the first week of the two-week-long exercise, the international aircrews will acclimate themselves to the base and get to know each other. Throughout the second week, the participants will rehearse complex scenarios and coalition flights.

 

During some of the sorties, the participants will fly against the “Flying Dragon” Squadron, the IAF’s aggressor squadron, which will simulate enemy forces via “enemy” aircraft, SAM (Surface-to-air missile) batteries and MANPADS (Man-portable air-defense systems).  

Lt. Col. Nadav, Commander of the 133rd Squadron (“Knights of the Twin Tail”), which operates “Baz” (F-15) fighter jets and is heading up the drill says,

“...the Blue Flag exercise is a significant quantum leap in our ability to hold an exercise and provide our multi-national participants with a quality training experience as performed in Israel. This is a significant milestone in our relationship with the international air forces, some of which are arriving in Israel to train for the first time. This exercise will allow us to continue cooperating with these forces in the future as well.”

The Indian Air Force sent a C-130J transport plane, other countries sent fighter jets, transport planes and refueling aircraft. Israel Defense notes some other various types of aircraft participating in the war games,

Participating on behalf of Israel are a “Baz” (F-15) squadron, a “Sufa” (F-16I) squadron and two “Barak” (F-16C/D) squadrons, alongside tactical transport aircraft, helicopters, UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and EL (Electronic Warfare).

 

The US, Hellenic, and Polish air forces arrived with F-16 fighters; the French with “Mirage” 2000D fighters; the Germans with “Eurofighter Typhoon” jets; the Italians with variants of the “Panavia Tornado” multirole fighter and the Indians with a C-130J “Super Hercules.”  

According to Maj. (res.) Tal, Head of the Blue Flag Management Team:

One of the more significant ways to improve international relationships and connect countries is to create military cooperation. The IAF is Israel’s ‘display window,’ and the direct encounter between the air forces is an inseparable part of forming strong, continuous relationships with other countries, near or far.”

 

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Meanwhile, across the sand dunes this evening, a far more interesting story is developing, and could shed light on the end game for Blue Flag 2017. Yesterday we reported that the Saudis intercepted a ballistic missile over the nation’s capital of Riyadh. Now the Saudis call the missile attack “blatant act of aggression” by Iran and “could be considered act of war”. 

The smell of war is in the air and simultaneously Israel and other countries are drilling for ‘real war’. As, what we’ve seen before – drills sometime go live.

Comments

Mementoil Croesus Mon, 11/06/2017 - 05:39 Permalink

I want to point out to all you Iran sympathizers out there, that Saad Hariri, the prime minister of Lebanon who has just resigned and fled to Saudi Arabia, claimed that he is doing so to escape assassination by the Iran-funded Hizbullah terror organization. He is has stated that “Wherever Iran settles, it sows discord, devastation and destruction".This proves how false is the claim that Iran is a peaceful nation. 

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Conscious Reviver giovanni_f Mon, 11/06/2017 - 07:33 Permalink

Moonofalabama has a great piece About Hariri. Hariri sent an ambasador to Damascus for the first time in years. Hariri met in Beruit with a high level Iranian. The next day he was recalled to Saudi Arabia, on a Saudi plane. He holds a Saudi passport. Apparently he was getting too friendly with Shia for Saudi tastes.And the Saudis complain about Iranian interference in Lebanon!He was afraid of being assassinated like his father who was done by the Israelis who pinned it on Syria. Hariri was afraid of the same scenario playing out again.This is the opening salvo in the new Israeli war against Lebanon. God help the Lebanese.http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/11/lebanon-hariris-resignation-the-op…, and the Lebanese security services say they are unaware of any Iranian assassination plot.

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Déjà view Conscious Reviver Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:00 Permalink

...according to the transcripts, Kissinger replied: “Is there a more self-serving group of people than the Jewish community?”.In response, Garment, who is also Jewish, said: “None in the world.” Kissinger responded: “What the hell do they think they are accomplishing? You can’t even tell bastards anything in confidence because they’ll leak it.”

http://m.ynet.co.il/Articles/4151351

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Manthong Bes Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:08 Permalink

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  ….it might be really cool if the Saudi UK bombs were put up against  The US bombs and see who figures out who wins.   I bet my 300 Kg bomb against your—500Kg bluff We both lose…………..

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Shemp 4 Victory Manthong Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:13 Permalink

 

Yesterday we reported that the Saudis intercepted a ballistic missile over the nation’s capital of Riyadh. Now the Saudis call the missile attack “blatant act of aggression” by Iran and “could be considered act of war”.

Might want to mention that the missile was, in fact, launched from Yemen. I mean, standing alone without this contextual information, the article implies that the missile was launched from Iran.

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Post-Truth Society Shemp 4 Victory Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:07 Permalink

Awfully convenient that vile Muslim Trump and Jew Ivanka are in Asia right now. Soon the final battle against Christianity will begin, as I've been saying all along. Kushner and Ivanka are readying the Israelis, and the Saudi purge was orchestrated by Muslim Trump.  Everyone laughed, but now the truth is being revealed.Face the truth before it's too late. 

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Sy Kloine Bee BandGap Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:55 Permalink

There won't be a nuclear strike against Iran from anyone.  The proof is that Israel already has the means and the strongest motive to send a nuclear strike, but they haven't done so.  Meanwhile, they have employed conventional strikes.  So there is some reason nobody will nuke Iran, and it isn't that Iran has a nuclear deterrent, because they don't.  Any guesses?  Public opinion?  Retaliation from Iran's allies?  Retaliation from their proxies?  Delegitimization from the international community?  What could it be?

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SDShack Mementoil Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:30 Permalink

Saudi Arabia has a private army called the USSA, with boots on the ground in almost every fucking ME country, not to mention constant navy and aerial cover, as well as bought and paid for "leaders" in those countries to allow the boots on the ground as well as constant naval and aerial cover. I'm talking real mechanized integrated militaries, not the "proxy" armies the USSA/Sudia Arabia/Israhell ALSO use to further destabilize the ME.

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veritas semper… Mementoil Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:09 Permalink

No. This is zionist hasbara. The president of Lebanon is Christian,the PM was Sunni (Hariri)and the speaker is Shia. A balance.And Hezbollah is a RESISTANCE movement against the the Zionist Entity in the ME,which tried multiple times to invade Lebanon.Last time,in 2006, they were defeated in 30 days by Hezbollah,who was much ,much weaker than now.And Israhell had the most modern american and NATO weapons. Haha!I hope this time,when the Zionist,Aparthaid Entity invades Lebanon(and  it will,it is so stupid),Hezbollah will not stop at the border and completely wipe out the zionist abomination.

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neversink Mementoil Mon, 11/06/2017 - 16:42 Permalink

Many commentators here are sheep and emmings and they don't want the truth about Isrtael. If the Ty ler Darden's (admin) would start blocking these haters and prevaricating liars then this site would be intelligent. He allows too many trolls (who will call you trolls) and haters to comment and destroy the conversation. You will be cursed at here for telling the truth.

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curbjob Martian Moon Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:48 Permalink

They're all Lebanese you stupid cunt.""It is believed that there has been a decline in the ratio of Christians to Muslims over the past 60 years, due to higher emigration rates of Christians, and a higher birth rate in the Muslim population.[180] When the last census was held in 1932, Christians made up 53% of Lebanon's population.[164] In 1956, it was estimated that the population was 54% Christian and 44% Muslim.[164]""

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