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Israeli, US air forces complete first-of-a-kind joint drill in southern Israel

The Israeli military announces it has completed a first-of-a-kind aerial exercise with the US Air Force Central Command, simulating various operational scenarios in Israel’s skies.

During the drill, dubbed “Desert Eagle,” the Israeli Air Force’s 133rd Squadron trained alongside the US Air Force’s 494th Squadron at the Ovda airbase in southern Israel, the IDF says.

IAF 115th Squadron fighter jets simulated enemy forces in the drill, the military adds.

“The aircrews practiced various operational scenarios in the air, including joint exercises against ground, aerial and combined threats while striking designated targets,” the IDF says in a statement.

“This historic cooperation between the IAF and AFCENT is another example of the long-standing alliance and strategic cooperation between Israel and the United States,” the IDF adds.

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