Israel Air Force Returns to Romania

One year after the Sikorsky helicopter crash in the Carpathian Mountains

The Israel Air Force returned to Romania for the first time since last year's crash to conduct joint training exercises. The Sikorsky helicopter crash, which occurred last summer, resulted in the deaths of six IDF soldiers and one Romanian soldier. Israel's Sikorsky squadrons did not participate in this summer’s joint aviation exercises held in Romania.

Romanian Air Force Deputy Commander, General Alexander Glushka, comments on the strategic cooperation between Romania and Israel: “In the past year, the friendship between us has become a brotherhood. This cooperation is extremely important to us.”

Earlier this month, the Israel Air Force flew Hercules squadrons to Romania for aviation training across the country and in the Carpathian Mountains—the site of last summer’s crash. Throughout the two-week joint exercises, Hercules squadrons mastered mountain navigation in the face of complex, unfamiliar topography, and irregular weather.

Major Roey, squadron commander and head of Israeli air force deployment, comments on the Hercules squadron: “The Hercules was intentionally built as a tactical transport plane, meaning a plane that navigates, flies through unfriendly territories, and leads fighters

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