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US, Israel Complete Fighter Escort, Refueling Exercise

In an effort to improve bilateral aerial capability between the U.S. and Israeli air forces, a joint exercise focused on fighter integration and refueling operations.

According to military sources, Ninth Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles, F-16 Fighting Falcons, and KC-10 Extenders all participated, along with F-35 Lightning IIs and F-16s from the Israeli air force.




“This bilateral exercise demonstrates CENTCOM’s commitment to regional security,” said U.S. Army Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, commander of U.S. Central Command. “CENTCOM routinely demonstrates the ability to rapidly insert combat airpower into operations and exercises with our partners, and our ability to do the same across all domains decisively is a powerful deterrent.”

The exercise was completed over the Eastern Mediterranean Sea November 29th and 30th.

“This exercise showcases our commitment to partnering with Israel to counter threats to regional security and stability,” said Lt. Gen. Alexus Grynkewich, AFCENT commander. “The Israeli air force provides tremendous deterrent capability and capacity throughout the Middle East region, and we’ll continue to build opportunities to improve our integrated defenses and ability to project combined airpower.”

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