IAF squadrons go head-to-head in drill

The IAF’s Red Squadron simulates enemy forces during training exercises. Take a look at their operations

Date: 23/09/2012, 4:29 PM     Author: Yael Livnat

Israel Air Force pilots are used to practicing daily, at any time of the day or night, and in any part of the country. Even dealing with training against simulated enemies – Israeli squadron vs. Israeli squadron – is not out of the ordinary.

In the IAF, there is one squadron responsible for training all the others: the Red Squadron. This squadron, which is stationed at Ovda airbase in the south, is the training squadron specializing in enemy simulations, both in the air and on the ground. They expertly prepare IAF pilots, as well as pilots from around the world, for real-life aerial combat scenarios.

We recently joined an exercise for helicopters and fighter planes, along with the branch responsible for simulating enemies on the ground. Listen to members of the Red Squadron speak of their unique activities and how they prepare for war every day.

Written by Yael Livnat
Photography: Liron Albi
Editing: Ron Baltuch