IAF completes multi-front drill as Gaza tensions surge
Israel's air force commanders praise 'successful' week-long exercise simulating rapid aerial bombardment on hundreds of targets in simultaneous military campaign on northern and southern borders; 'We are ready for any mission that is required of us.'
Taking place against a backdrop of heightened tensions between Israel and the Hamas terror organization along the Gaza border, the drill was intended to sharpen the IAF’s preparedness for war scenarios on more than one front.
Hundreds of fighter jets and helicopters participated in the drill, taking to the skies day and night for seven days.
During the exercise training for scenarios on the southern border, which was also intended to enhance air support for infantry soldiers, dozens of fighter jets practiced for rapid attacks on hundreds of targets in the Gaza Strip.
The technical staff armed the planes and helicopters for the flight drills that included hundreds of reservists from all the ranks.
“Throughout the day and night, the squadron practiced hitting targets in the Gaza Strip as part of an air force exercise for the outbreak of a wide scale campaign,” said Major. G, one the commander of the 69th Air Squadron.
“We provided assistance to ground troops in their maneuvering during the fighting. The planes carried precision explosives, enabling us to attack a high number of targets within a short timeframe,” he said.
Lieutenant Colonel. R, commander of the 105th Squadron also commented on the drill.
“We succeeded in all the goals that we set for ourselves, with the full coordination with Southern Command and with the air force coordination and control bodies,” he said. “We successfully dealt with all of the challenges and we are ready for any mission that is required of us.”