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IAF wraps up joint drill with French air force, navy

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

French Rafale fighter jets fly alongside an IAF F-16i aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea during a drill, December 6, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
French Rafale fighter jets fly alongside an IAF F-16i aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea during a drill, December 6, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Israeli Air Force wraps up joint exercises it held this week with the French Air and Space Force and Navy, the military says.

During the drill, dubbed ‘Eastern Breeze,’ four FASF Rafale fighter jets flew alongside IAF F-16i aircraft over Israel’s skies this week, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The French aircraft arrived on a carrier strike group in the Mediterranean Sea.

“IAF and FASF aircrews flew ‘wing-to-wing’ while practicing joint strikes and counteracting aerial threats in an effort to share knowledge and benefit from one another,” the IDF says in a statement.

“The exercise was an important milestone in the development of the strategic cooperation between the IAF and the FASF and improved the forces’ readiness,” it adds.

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