All photos: Amir Segev, courtesy of Sky-High.co.il
The 155º squadron operates 16ECR aircraft, equipped with air defense suppression weapons (AGM-88) and electronic combat and the Israeli Reccelite aerial recce pods.
The Italians were able to experience unfamiliar desert areas, simulating potential contingencies. The area around IAF Base Ovda is instrumented to represent realistic targets typical of full scale conflist as well as asymmetric (hybrid) warfare, along with air defense threats, providing a high level of realistic training unavailable in Europe. Training in such conditions effectively introduces NATO pilots to potential missions.
Italians Tornado ECRs and AMX fighters, along with German Tornado ECRs and Dutch F-16s, are operating the Reccelite pods in Afghanistan, supporting counter-IED operations in support of ISAF ground operations.