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IDF launches joint F-35 fighter jet drill with Italian Air Force

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

Illustrative: Fighter jets from the IAF's second F-35 squadron, the Lions of the South, fly over southern Israel. (Israel Defense Forces)
Illustrative: Fighter jets from the IAF's second F-35 squadron, the Lions of the South, fly over southern Israel. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Israeli Air Force launches a joint fighter jet drill, dubbed “Lightning Shield,” with the Italian Air Force today, the military says.

Several Israeli F-35I “Adir” jets from the Nevatim Airbase will fly side by side with four Italian F-35 jets, the Israel Defense Forces says.

“The exercise is a significant milestone in further establishing cooperation between the armies, while strengthening the unique relationship between the countries,” the IDF says.

“The exercise will contribute to improving the operational competence of the F-35I Adir array and expanding its capabilities to possible operational scenarios,” it adds.

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