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Israeli Air Force to participate in U.S. "Red Flag" training exercise

The Israel Defense Forces announced today that the Israeli Air Force (IAF) will participate in the “Red Flag” exercise hosted by the United States Air Force at the Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada on Sunday.

The exercise will take place over the course of two weeks and will include a wide-range of training drills, including joint midair refueling, where IAF tanker aircraft will refuel American fighter jets, and an IAF F-35I “Adir” aircraft to be refueled by American KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.

For the first time, seven IAF F-35I “Adir” aircraft and two IAF F-15I "Ra'am" aircraft will participate in the exercise in U.S. territory.

The Red Flag exercise follows the "Juniper Oak" exercise in January, the largest joint exercise to be conducted with the United States Central Command.

The Red Flag exercise is intended to strengthen the operational cooperation between the two militaries as key partners committed to maintaining security in the Middle East.

It is widely viewed as preparation for a possible Israeli raid on Iranian nuclear sites.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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