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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Israeli pilots train over southern US, with focus on mountainous areas

The brigadier general would not describe many aspects of the missions due to security considerations, but explained that an emphasis was placed on training for flights in mountainous regions.

“For us, flying in mountains that are 5,000 or 6,000 feet high, it’s something that we don’t have on a daily basis back home. Landing in a short field between the mountains at high elevation, this is not something that we have in Israel,” Eden said.
“But this is something that we need to know because in our area of interest, this is the type of terrain,” he explained.
 
This could be seen as a reference to Iran, which contains several mountain ranges where some nuclear and military facilities are based, but the IAF officer would not reveal exactly what that “area of interest” was. (READ MORE)