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A pilot for the Airborne Tactical Advantage Co.was killed after his F-21 Kfir fighter jet crashed at Fallon Naval Air Station in northern Nevada, USA. The aircraft built by the Israel Aerospace Industries was supporting naval aviation training at the base, where the defense contractor provided adversary simulation and target towing for U.S. Navy fighter pilots.
In 2013 the IAF plans to invite a number of foreign air forces to a multi-national joint exercise, to further elevate international cooperation with friendly nations. The IAF has been training extensively with foreign air forces in recent years, particularly with Italy, Greece and Romania, following the Turkish government decision to terminate joint training with Israel. Last week a joint training exercise with the Italian Air Force was held at the southern Negev base of Ovda.