We reported back in May that Israel planned to share its experience operating the F-35 with the US and the UK in an exercise. That exercise has now happened.
While deployed to Cyprus, British F-35B aircraft undertook an exercise with Israeli and US jets in addition to carrying out patrols over the skies of Iraq and Syria, you can read more about those patrols here.
The operational experience acquired by the Israeli Air Force in recent months was of great interest to the United States and other countries that operate the F-35, according to local media.
Last year’s operation fighting in Syria has made the Israeli Air Force one of the most experienced operators of the jet. Local media reported that one of the primary reasons for Israeli involvement was among other things, to share operational experience related to using the aircraft in combat.
Earlier today UK F35s joined US and Israeli F35s for a routine, long planned, training exercise to further develop the capabilities of this impressive aircraft. pic.twitter.com/yJCiIb2Oj9
— Defence Operations ?? (@DefenceOps) June 25, 2019
In addition, earlier in the year it was confirmed that Israel will join the RAF’s Cobra Warrior exercise in September along with aircraft from Germany and Italy.
An MoD spokesperson told the UK Defence Journal:
“The Israeli Air Force will be participating Exercise Cobra Warrior in Sep 2019. This is the culminating event for the UK’s Weapons Instructor qualification course. The exercise will be run out of RAF Waddington.
The Israeli Air Force role, basing and footprint during Ex Cobra Warrior is yet to be determined. Israel are planning to bring an, as yet, unspecified number of F15 aircraft with appropriate support personnel. Other participants in Ex Cobra Warrior 19 include Germany and Italy.”
The Cobra Warrior exercise traditionally includes crew and aircraft from other allied air forces that train together with their British counterparts in complex combat scenarios.
Formerly named the Combined Qualified Weapons Instructor, Cobra Warrior is focussed on providing the combined assessment phase for the RAF’s Weapons Instructors.