The exercises come shortly after the head of the Israeli army urged Washington to prepare for a future attack on Tehran
The Israeli military has conducted joint training operations with the United States and conducted a series of air exercises to simulate attacks on Iran just days after Israel urged US officials to speed up their actions. “operational plans” against Tehran.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) detailed the exercises in a pronunciation on Wednesday, saying they had practiced “different scenarios in light of regional threats” while we single out the Islamic Republic by name.
“These exercises are an important part of our two militaries’ increasing strategic cooperation in response to shared concerns in the Middle East, particularly those of Iran,” said the IDF.
A series of joint exercises simulating different scenarios in the face of regional threats was completed jointly with the US armed forces. The exercise began when four IAF F-35i “Adir” aircraft accompanied four American F-15 fighter jets through Israel’s airspace yesterday. 1/4 pic.twitter.com/eLCdRKzHyE
— Israeli Defense Forces (@IDF) November 30, 2022
Four Israeli F-35 fighter jets and four American F-15s took part in the war games, which “simulated a long-range and long-haul operational scenario”, the IDF added, noting that a US KC-135 tanker aircraft also refueled a number of Israeli F-16s during the exercise.
The exercises follow a visit to the US capital last month by IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi, who called on US officials to “operational plans” to take on the Iranian army. The two sides also discussed their “commitment to ensuring that Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon”, despite Tehran’s repeated insistence that it not pursue the bomb.
Israel has conducted a number of exercises specifically targeting Tehran in recent months, including one over the Mediterranean Sea earlier this year that allegedly simulated attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Another similar exercise, targeting nuclear sites, was also conducted last June, involving more than 100 aircraft practicing long-range strikes.
While this week’s war games refueled with a US tanker in the air, the Jerusalem Post previously reported that Israel had developed capabilities that allowed it to reach Iran without refueling en route. The outlet suggested that the Air Force upgraded its US-made F-35 jets to achieve that feat, but offered few details about the alleged improvements.
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