The Israel Air Force and the Italian Air Force concluded an extensive, two-week exercise in Sardinia on Friday November 26th, 2010.

The participating IAF squadrons were “The Twin-Tail Knights” and “The Spearhead” F-15 squadrons from the Tel-Nof IAF base, and the “Defenders Of The South” and “The Golden Eagle” F-16 squadrons from the Nevatim IAF base.

This exercise was the first overseas training for the “Eitam” (G550) Air Traffic Control Aircraft.

The Italian Air Force trained using several advanced aircraft (Eurofighter Typhoon, AMX, Panavia Tornado, and F-16).

The exercise was conducted in order to preserve IAF operational capabilities, train the aircrafts in large airspaces and unfamiliar spheres along with foreign aircrafts.

This allows the IAF to learn from foreign air forces and to familiarize itself with the NATO military tactics while strengthening the ongoing cooperation with the Italian Air Force.

The exercise was conducted according to a pre-planned yearly training schedule, and it is part of the extensive cooperation network between the different IDF (Zahal) forces and other nations and militaries around the world.