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In Romania, IAF drills heavy transport aircraft for flight in enemy territory

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

An IAF C-130 transport aircraft is seen flying over Romania, in an image published by the military on July 15, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
An IAF C-130 transport aircraft is seen flying over Romania, in an image published by the military on July 15, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Israeli Air Force wraps up a drill that took place over Romania’s skies during the past 10 days.

The exercise, dubbed Blue Sky, was aimed at training the IAF’s C-130 and C-130J heavy transport aircraft for flights in unfamiliar enemy territory at low altitudes, the military says.

“We met the objectives of the exercise, which centered on safe, professional, and accurate training, while flying over high terrain, in dynamic weather, in operational flight designations, and in unfamiliar territory,” says the commander of the IAF’s 131st Squadron, identified only as Lt. Col. G.

“This training drill constitutes a great addition to the IDF’s extensive training schedule and contributes to the operational readiness for all relevant theaters,” he adds.

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