IDF and US Air Force Hold Joint Drills

Stand for Israel  |  November 30, 2022

For those who stand for Israel, the longstanding allyship between the IDF and the American military was on display this week during a joint drill between the two nations’ air forces. The Times of Israel’s Emanuel Fabian reports on what transpired over the Mediterranean Sea, as the IAF and USAF performed a series of exercises:

[T]he IDF said that during drills, which took place over Israel and the Mediterranean Sea, four IAF F-35i fighter jets, accompanied four American F-15 aircraft and an American KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft, refueled several IAF F-16i fighter jets.

The IDF said the drills also “simulated an operational scenario and long-distance flights.”

“The Intelligence Directorate conducted an extensive simulation that replicated a campaign against distant countries,” the IDF said, apparently referring to Iran. “This exercise tested the IDF’s abilities at gathering intelligence, researching and outlining targets, and making intelligence available to the operational forces.”

“These exercises are a key component of the two militaries’ increasing strategic cooperation in response to shared concerns in the Middle East, particularly those posed by Iran,” the IDF added…