Major air warfare exercise “Blue Flag 2021” kick off in Israel with the participation of seven countries.
This multi-national exercise features combination of 4th and 5th generation fighter aircrafts from several countries including Israel, United States, Germany and United Kingdom. Blue Flag 2021 is designed to showcase coalition interoperability and strength while improving multinational partnerships.
“I’m glad Israel was once again able to host our allied partners for this exercise, even during the global pandemic,” said Israeli Air Force Maj. G., second deputy commander of the 119th Squadron. “This is important for us to practice our threat response and build our skills working in a joint environment.”
The two-week exercise will focus on boosting Israel’s overall defensive capabilities in the region.
“The Israeli Defense Forces and Air Force have been amazing hosts,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Shaun Loomis, 480th Fighter Squadron commander. “We have been preparing and planning with our multinational partners for what will be an operationally valuable exercise.”
“This biennial training event is essential to building and maintaining defensive interoperability and ensuring a combined tactical edge,” Loomis said. “Having experienced this exercise in 2019, we are looking forward to again exercising military cooperation and building new capabilities with our partners.”
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Why Blue Flag 2021 is Unique?
This year, for the very first time, Indian Air Force has deployed a complete Squadron of Mirage-2000 in Israel. Moreover,
- 1st deployment of a UK fighter squadron in 1sIsrael
- 1st deployment of a French Rafale fighter squadron in Israel
Germany, Italy, Britain, France, India, Greece & USA are at Blue Flag 2021: this is the 1st deployment of a UK fighter squadron in 🇮🇱 + 1st ever deployment of an Indian🇮🇳 Mirage squadron in 🇮🇱 + 1st deployment of a French Rafale fighter sqn in 🇮🇱.
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— Vayu Aerospace Review (@ReviewVayu) October 17, 2021
- United States: Six F-16C Fighting Falcons from the 480th Fighter Squadron stationed at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany
- India: Mirage-2000
- Germany: Six Eurofighters, including one specially painted for the event and dubbed the Eagle Star.
- France: Rafale Squadron
- United Kingdom:
Umair Aslam is a Founding Editor at Global Defense Insight. He has worked as a defence journalist reporting on military modernization programs, nuclear non-proliferation, arms control and the South Asian Arms race. He has been extensively quoted in international publications such as the ‘EurAsian Times’.