The Israeli and American air forces initiated a joint exercise, Juniper Oak, which appears to prepare Israeli Defense Forces for a potential strike in Iran. The exercise involves simulated airstrikes on deep strategic targets, achieving aerial superiority and cyber defense against various threats.
- The Juniper Oak exercise simulates airstrikes against “strategic targets in depth,” suggesting it is a rehearsal for potential attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
- The drill also focuses on “achieving aerial superiority in the region” and preparing for cyber defense against various threats.
- During the exercise, Israeli Air Force (IAF) fighter jets are refueling from an American Boeing KC-46, a plane critical for Israel to conduct potential major strikes against targets in Iran, which is significantly outside the normal flight range of Israeli jets.
- This exercise is part of a series with the US Central Command, which continues and strengthens the operational cooperation between the militaries.
- Israel and the US regularly conduct various training drills together, including air force exercises and missile defense drills.