The Israeli Air Force (IAF) this week organized a major long-range attack drill in Greece, the latest in a series of exercises aimed at preparing the military for a possible attack against Iran and its nuclear facilities.
The army of Israel said Thursday that the two-day joint exercise with Hellenic Air Force This includes long-range flights, mid-air refueling, low-altitude flights, and the use of live fire.
During the drill, several fighter jets from FAI, as well as spy planes and refueling planes, flew thousands of kilometers from Israel to Greece and vice versa, said the Israel Defense Forces.
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“On Greek territory, fighter jets practice flights at low altitude and drop live ammunition in designated areas, according to the FDI.
Las FDI They said the drill was conducted in “extremely challenging” weather conditions, but despite this, all the simulated targets were destroyed. Greece experienced major flooding due to a Mediterranean storm named Daniel last week.
The fighter planes of Hellenic Air Force They joined the fighter planes of FAI during their long-range flights in the territory of Greece, which, according to FDI, Their goal is “mutual learning”.
The commander of Squadron 106, Lieutenant Colonel “Mem”, who is known only by the first letter of his name in Hebrew, said the exercise had two main objectives.
“The first is cooperation with Greece, which includes mutual learning… and the second is to improve the preparation for FAI. Dealing with long-range flights, with climate challenges… lack of intelligence and, sometimes, with very complex missions,” he said.
“The exercise is part of a series of exercises and models developed by FAI last year, and its purpose is to develop operational and mental competence for long-range flights, refueling, deep attacks (in enemy territory), and achieving air superiority, according to the FDI.
In addition to the army, more exercises will be held this year.
Channel 12 reported last month that FDI was scheduled to conduct a series of important joint military exercises with the United States in the coming months, including one that will simulate an attack on nuclear facilities in Iran.
Israel is pushing to prepare military contingency plans to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.
Jerusalem opposed the attempts of American President Joe Biden to revive a nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers in exchange for sanctions relief for restrictions on the US nuclear program in the Islamic Republic.
Biden He said he is ready to use military force if necessary, but he still prefers to exhaust diplomatic channels first.
Amid growing uncertainty about the return of Iran to the agreement, in the last two years the FDI intensified their efforts to prepare a credible military threat against nuclear sites in Tehran and conducted several exercises focused on long-range flights over uncharted territory.
Yes, Iran’s program has long remained peaceful, nonproliferation experts warn Tehran It contains enough 60 percent-enriched uranium to reprocess it into fuel for at least one nuclear bomb.
Israeli officials have also warned about Iran’s proxies across the region, from Hezbollah in Lebanon to the Houthis in Yemen, as well as other groups based in Syria and Iraq.