BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Israeli Air Force carried out a number of sorties with the U.S. and British air forces this week, the Haaretz reported on Wednesday.
Citing the United Kingdom’s Permanent Joint Headquarters tweets on Tuesday, Haaretz reported that the F-35 units of the Israeli, U.S., and British air forces carried out joint sorties over both Iraq and Syria.
Earlier today UK F35s joined US and Israeli F35s for a routine, long planned, training exercise to further develop the capabilities of this impressive aircraft. pic.twitter.com/yJCiIb2Oj9
— Defence Operations 🇬🇧 (@DefenceOps) June 25, 2019
The British Royal Air Force’s F-35B stealth fighters recently arrived in Cyprus for a new combat mission against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in Syria and Iraq.
Six of the jets have been deployed at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus since May for training exercises, in an operation known as Exercise Lightning Dawn.
As part of their training, the jets carried out 95 missions and flew in pairs for 225 hours, the British MoD said.
Prior to the arrival of the RAF’s F-35s, only the U.S. and Israeli air forces had used these new stealth fighters in combat inside Syria.