The drill is being held at the Israel Air Force's Uvda base in the southern Negev Desert. During the drill, pilots will practise air-to-air combat manoeuvres, mid-air refueling, bombing runs and other missions. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said, the drill was part of regular scheduled training between the two nations, even though it comes at a time of heightened tension along Israel's frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Egypt.

"The combined exercise is designed to improve the inter-operability and cooperation between the Israeli and US air forces, and has been planned for more than a year," an IDF spokesman told.


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