There was a time when the IAF and Turkish Air Force were close allies but this relationship came to an end following Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip in 2009.
Aside from the breakdown in diplomatic and military ties, the IAF went forward keeping up an open line of communication with the Turkish Air Force to avoid quarrels when pilots from both countries meet one another over the Mediterranean.
A senior IAF announced on Wednesday that the coordination mechanism was reactivated not too long ago as part of the countries’ bids to brace and better ties. The Turkish military attaché to Israel went to an IAF briefing for foreign military officers at the Uvda Air Force Base on the sidelines of the IAF joint maneuvers with the Italian Air Force.
The officer announced that the IAF would likely call on Turkey to take part in a large scale international aerial drill that it will be hosting Israel in 2013. The IAF has taken up the number of joint-training exercises it holds with foreign countries in recent years.
“There is nothing avoiding them from taking part,” the officer said.