The fifth-generation Israeli fighter F-35I Adir during the international exercises "Degel Kahol" ("Blue Flag", Blue Flag), held in Israel, conducted training battles against the Russian anti-aircraft missile system (SAM) C-400 "Triumph", which imitated the American complex MIM-104 Patriot. It is reported by Breaking Defense.
The American publication writes that several countries, including Israeli, American, German, Italian and Greek, fighters of the Air Force took part in the exercises. Pilots practiced conducting air battles and striking at air defense facilities. This year, for the first time, the F-35A US Air Force and the F-35I Adir Israeli Air Force fighter took part in the exercises. In addition to them, F-15 and F-16 fighters, as well as Eurofighter Typhoon took part in the exercises. More than a thousand people took part in the maneuvers - flight crews, as well as technical and administrative personnel.
For several days, Israeli, American, German, Italian and Greek fighters, including hidden F-35s, practiced aerial combat and air strikes on a simulated air defense system
- writes the publication, adding that the Israeli Air Force has not yet encountered C-400 in battle, but simulated battles are good practice for future wars.
The Blue Flag exercises took place from November 3 to November 14 at the Uvda airbase (Israel), approximately 160 kilometers from the active combat zone in the Gaza Strip. Exercises are held every two years, for the first time maneuvers were held in the 2013 year,