Israel Simulates Long-range Strikes Over Mediterranean Sea

Fighter jets 'practiced long-range flight, aerial refueling and striking distant targets' as part of the Israeli military's month-long war drill

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Israeli jet soars through the sky as part of the Israeli 
Air Force's graduation ceremony, in 2021.
Israeli jet soars through the sky as part of the Israeli Air Force's graduation ceremony, in 2021.Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz

Dozens of Israeli fighter jets conducted drills over the Mediterranean Sea, Israel's army said Wednesday, stimulating long-range attacks as part of the Israel Defense Forces' month-long war exercise.

Israeli aircraft "practiced long-range flight, aerial refueling & striking distant targets," the army said in a statement.

The drills were part of the IDF's "Chariots of Fire" exercise, which seeks to increase Israel's readiness "for combat scenarios both near and far," according to the army.

The exercise includes soldiers from all branches of the military and thousands of combat reservists.

Any flare-up of violence in the West Bank, Gaza or in Israel could mean the IDF may have to cancel or curtail the major exercise, which aims to increase the IDF's readiness and to examine the forces' ability to conduct a powerful and prolonged campaign.

The IDF says the Israeli public should expect active movement of security forces – military and armored vehicles, aircraft and vessels – over the course of the exercise, which should last for about four weeks.



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