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Deployed 421st Fighter Squadron join Israeli Air Force in combat exercise

An Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II “Adir” approaches a U.S. Air Force 908th Expeditionary Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender to refuel during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise over southern Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

An Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II “Adir” approaches a U.S. Air Force 908th Expeditionary Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender to refuel during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise over southern Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

An Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II “Adir” approaches a U.S. Air Force 908th Expeditionary Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender to refuel during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise over southern Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

An Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II “Adir” approaches a U.S. Air Force 908th Expeditionary Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender to refuel during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise over southern Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

A 421st Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II aircraft connects with a 908th Expeditionary Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender to refuel during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise over southern Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Taylor)

A 421st Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II aircraft connects with a 908th Expeditionary Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender to refuel during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise over southern Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Taylor)

Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II “Adir” and U.S. Air Force 421st Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II  fly together after refueling from a 908th Expeditionary Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender during exercise “Enduring Lightning II” over Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II “Adir” and U.S. Air Force 421st Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II fly together after refueling from a 908th Expeditionary Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender during exercise “Enduring Lightning II” over Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

Two U.S. Air Force 421st Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II aircraft fly side-by-side with two Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II “Adir” aircraft during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise over southern Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Taylor)

Two U.S. Air Force 421st Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II aircraft fly side-by-side with two Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II “Adir” aircraft during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise over southern Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Taylor)

An Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II “Adir” approaches a U.S. Air Force 908th Expeditionary Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender to refuel during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise over southern Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Taylor)

An Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II “Adir” approaches a U.S. Air Force 908th Expeditionary Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender to refuel during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise over southern Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Taylor)

An Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II “Adir” approaches a U.S. Air Force 908th Expeditionary Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender to refuel during exercise “Enduring Lightning II” over southern Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

An Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II “Adir” approaches a U.S. Air Force 908th Expeditionary Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender to refuel during exercise “Enduring Lightning II” over southern Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

A U.S. Air Force 421st Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II flies next to a 908th Expeditionary Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender after refueling during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise over Israel Aug. 2, 2020. The exercise included both U.S. and Israeli forces whom trained to maintain readiness and to defend the region together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

A U.S. Air Force 421st Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II flies next to a 908th Expeditionary Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender after refueling during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise over Israel Aug. 2, 2020. The exercise included both U.S. and Israeli forces whom trained to maintain readiness and to defend the region together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

Senior Airman Richard Walker, 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, prepares the boom to refuel an Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II “Adir” as it approaches a KC-10 Extender during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise over Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

Senior Airman Richard Walker, 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, prepares the boom to refuel an Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II “Adir” as it approaches a KC-10 Extender during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise over Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

Senior Airman Richard Walker, 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, prepares the boom to refuel an Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II “Adir” as it approaches a KC-10 Extender during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise over Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)
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Senior Airman Richard Walker, 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, prepares the boom to refuel an Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II “Adir” as it approaches a KC-10 Extender during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise over Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

An F-35A Lightning II from the 421st Fighter Squadron here detaches from a 908th Expeditionary Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender after refueling during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise with Israel forces over Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)
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An F-35A Lightning II from the 421st Fighter Squadron here detaches from a 908th Expeditionary Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender after refueling during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise with Israel forces over Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

An Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II “Adir” approaches a U.S. Air Force 908th Expeditionary Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender to refuel during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise over southern Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)
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An Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II “Adir” approaches a U.S. Air Force 908th Expeditionary Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender to refuel during “Enduring Lightning II” exercise over southern Israel Aug. 2, 2020. While forging a resolute partnership, the allies train to maintain a ready posture to deter against regional aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

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U.S. Air Force Central Command and the Israeli Air Force conducted the exercise "Enduring Lightning II" on Aug. 2, 2020 in the skies over southern Israel. It is the second joint exercise between the two countries involving the F-35.

The IAF's 140th Squadron, which operates the "Adir" (F-35I) fighter jet, trained alongside the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing’s 421st Fighter Squadron and 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. The 421st FS operates the F-35A Lightning II and the 908th EARS flies the KC-10 Extender, which is an air refueling platform.

The IAF 122nd Squadron also participated in the exercise. The squadron operates the "Nachshon" aircraft and is responsible for conducting air traffic control.

The F-35, which is an advanced fifth generation fighter, is able to engage both aerial and ground threats. During the exercise, all specialties of the participants were needed from command and control to air refueling to engaging targets in order to neutralize the threat in each proposed scenario.  

“The two air forces maintain close cooperation, including mutual learning and sharing of lessons learned,” according to an Israeli Defense Force statement. “This exercise illustrates the close relationship between the air forces and military echelons and enhances the cooperation of knowledge and capabilities of the F-35 and the IAF's operational abilities.”

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