Aerial Combat Training Session Held at Northern Base

“It was a three-way tie”

Pictures Courtesy of Guy Ashash

Aerial Combat Training Session Held at Northern Base

The training session presented the squadrons with several air-to-air missions, while encouraging competition among the three northern sister squadrons.

Pictures Courtesy of Guy Ashash

Aerial Combat Training Session Held at Northern Base

At the end of the competition, the target and the corresponding squadron colors were examined Alongside training sessions in aerial counter-terrorism and exercises in different sectors, the IAF also trains for head-to-head combat with enemy planes. As such, a special training session in air-to-air combat and precision strikes on flying targets was held last week at the Ramat David airbase. “The training session is of high operational importance”

Noa Fenigstein

While it may seem that air-to-air battles are a thing of the past, in the IAF, training for such battles is of utmost importance for operational readiness. Last week, the “Valley” squadron, the “First Jet” squadron, and the “Knights of the North” honed their precision attack capabilities in a special training session called “Flag Target”. The training session presented the squadrons with several air-to-air missions, while encouraging competition among the three northern sister squadrons.

The “Flag Target” training session was held on the airbase for the first time in about four years, and there are plans to move the training session down south to the rest of the force’s squadrons over the next year. “The training session is of high operational importance”, explains Captain Guy, Deputy Commander of the “Knights of the North” squadron, which took part in the exercise. “Most of the training sessions on accuracy and shooting are held on the shooting ranges on the ground. This training session also allows us to practice aerial combat.”

The training session was carried out with the assistance of the Skyhawk plane, to which a target was connected at a safe distance. One after another, the F-16c/d planes fired towards the flying target, with each squadron firing unique-colored projectiles associated with it. At the end of the competition, the target was examined. “At the end of the day, we weren’t able to determine a winner”, adds Captain Guy. “But the exercise was excellent, both for us and for the technical divisions, which finally got to see the weapons they work with every day on the ground carrying out their mission and successfully exploding”.

 

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