Israel, Greece joint air force exercise
Joint Israeli and Greek air force exercise at Uvda base, Israel, in Nov. 2011. Photo by Greek Air Force
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Israel hosted Greece’s Hellenic Air Force for a joint exercise approximately three weeks ago at the Uvda base in southern Israel. The Greeks sent five F-16 block 52 fighter jets for a five-day exercise, which included practice air fights as well as ground attacks. A group of Israeli F-15 and F-16 fighter jets also participated in the exercise, along with Boeing fuel supplier airplanes.

In contrast with previous IAF exercises which took place in Greece, November’s drill was not publicized by the IDF Spokesperson, although pictures of the drill were still uploaded to the Hellenic Air Force web site.

In a recent effort to strengthen its cooperation with NATO allies, Israel has been carrying out large-scale drills in foreign skies, as well as hosting foreign air forces to train in its training facilities. The Italian Air Force is slated to arrive in southern Israel for its own training in the next few days.