Greece is the new foreign training zone for the Israeli air force, following the severance of the defence ties between Israel and Turkey.

The air force had over the recent years conducted training deployments in Turkey, up to sending full squadrons to Turkish air force bases.

But in the aftermath of the "peace flotilla" that sailed from Turkey to the Gaza strip and was intercepted by Israel's defence forces, all military ties between the countries have been cut.

In October the air force's Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow (below) and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters completed a joint training exercise with the Greek air force. And in late November Israeli aircraft were again flown to Greece for bilateral manoeuvres.

 Apache in Greece - Israel air force magazine
© Dana Russo/Israeli air force magazine

At least four joint exercises combining Greek and Israeli combat aircraft have been performed in recent months, according to sources. The Israeli service is satisfied with the activity performed so far and is planning other deployments in the coming months, they add.

Source: Flight International