The Israeli and US air forces held a joint exercise, called "Enduring Lightning", on March 29 in southern Israel. During the exercise, advanced 5th-generation F-35 fighters from the two sides practiced mitigating various strategic aerial and ground threats. The two forces cooperated closely including studying and drawing conclusions.
Alongside its concern for the health of its service members, the Air Force continues to maintain its full operational fitness, while maintaining the continuity of its operations and operating in an emergency framework as part of the critical need to continue its mission: the defense of the State of Israel's skies, in routine and emergency situations.
The exercise planned as part of the training schedule for 2020 was carried out despite the spread of the coronavirus, and was adapted to the regulations and orders required. The Israeli and American teams engaged only in the air, and briefed and debriefed all of the parties using remote video conference. The exercise demonstrated the close ties between the air forces and the militaries, widened the shared knowledge and study of the F-35's capabilities, and improved the operational capabilities of the Air Force.