Seven foreign air forces have so far confirmed their participation in the "Blue Flag" exercise to be held in Israel during November.

According to the commander of the Israeli air force's Uvda air base, identified only as Col I, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Poland and the USA will take part in the exercise; making it the largest multinational event to be staged in the country.

During the two-week exercise, 70 fighter aircraft will train together with the Israeli air force's Lockheed Martin F-16C-equipped "Red Squadron", based at Uvda. Also dubbed Flying Dragon, the aggressor unit is used during training by all combat squadrons in Israel.

Four foreign air forces were involved in Israel's last Blue Flag exercise.

Col I says the increased participation reflects the fact that "different air forces understand their operational need to be capable of co-operating with air forces from different parts of the world. We are preparing a long list of combat scenarios based on the Israeli air force's combat experience."