IAF F-35 "Adir" stealth fighters were deployed overseas. Six F-35s flew to Italy to take part in the "Falcon Strike" exercise, which started yesterday and will be held for two weeks with the participation of Italian, U.S., British and Israeli fighter planes.
The IAF sees the exercise as very valuable for the improvement of the IAF's ability to deploy to distant bases and cooperate with foreign air forces, as well as practice training in unfamiliar areas, defense of the country's skies, air-to-air and air-to-ground combat scenarios, air support to ground forces, and other scenarios over enemy territory.
The IAF said that the Israeli planes will carry out two sorties a day, one with U.S. Air Force F-16s and the other with Italian and British fighter planes. The preparations by the "Adir" squadron at the IAF's Nevatim base for the first deployment beyond the country's borders lasted close to a year.