Planes military-air forces of Israel participate in joint large-scale exercises in Bulgaria, according to the Xinhua news Agency and the Bulgarian website Novinite.
According to these sources, the Bulgarian side in the exercise involved the MiG-29 fighters and air defense system, probably we are talking about is antiaircraft-rocket complexes With-300 Russian manufacture which are on arms of army of Bulgaria.
Based on the available information, the Israeli air force exercises in Bulgaria work counter Russian SAM. However, the Ministry of defense of Israel no reviews about this not published.
Recall that the s-300 was recently placed into service the Iranian army. In addition, these systems use the Russian military in Syria to protect its facilities.
The publication says that the exercise in Bulgaria involved 42 Israeli aircraft, including F-15 and F-16. On the participation of new fighter fifth generation F-35 does not say anything.
Distance from Israel to Bulgaria (about 2 thousand km) roughly corresponds to the distance from Israel to Central parts of Iran.
The Ministry of defence of Bulgaria said that the exercises «will improve interoperability and increase military cooperation between the armed forces of Bulgaria and Israel, as well as to improve training of units of the Bulgarian air force.»
It is noteworthy that by the time air force exercise in Bulgaria coincide with the largest for the last 19 years exercises in Northern Israel, during which the practiced actions aimed at opposition to Hezbollah and other armed groups.
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