The Israeli and US air forces are carrying out a two-week joint drill designed to improve interoperability between the services.

Dubbed "Juniper Stallion", the exercise is a bilateral activity involving Boeing F-15 and Lockheed Martin F-16 (file image of Israeli example below) combat aircraft from both nations. The drill began in late July, and according to Israeli sources is now "in full blast".

F-16 - Israeli air force 

Israeli air force

Squadrons assigned to the activity are mainly operating from Nevatim air base in southern Israel, with the aircraft being supported by a large number of logistical units.

During the exercise the allies will train mainly on missions that require close co-operation against targets in a defined area, and also involve using US hardware stored which is stored in Israel for "emergencies".

Source: Flight International