Israel launches low-altitude air transport drill over Romania

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

The Israeli Air Force announces it has begun a drill over Romania’s skies.

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

The IAF says pilots will also practice navigation and landings “in many and varied scenarios simulating enemy territory.”

“Training in the skies of Romania is an opportunity for us to challenge ourselves, to improve and become stronger, beyond the borders of Israel,” says the commander of the Nevatim Air Base, Brig. Gen. Gilad Keinan.

“This is an important and significant exercise for the heavy transport array and the Air Force, in order to strengthen the operational capability and competence of the corps and its personnel,” Keinan adds.

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