When the American F-15 meets the Israeli F-15

The Juniper Stallion exercise was held as part of an annual IAF training program

 

When the American F-15 meets the Israeli F-15

The exercise was designed to strengthen the cooperation betwen both air forces and to bring the combat divions on a joint flight

 Photo courtesy of Yonatan Zalk

 

When the American F-15 meets the Israeli F-15

Amiercan F-15c plane on the landing stip in Nevitim

 Photo courtesy of Yonatan Zalk

When the American F-15 meets the Israeli F-15

American aerial teams landing in Nevitim airbase

 Photo courtesy of Yonatan Zalk

When the American F-15 meets the Israeli F-15

American Gulfstream planes bring the American forces and their equipment

 Photo courtesy of Yonatan Zalk

After two intense weeks of joint flights, the Juniper Stallion exercise, a big exercise between the United States Air Force and the Israeli Air Force, is coming to an end. In the exercise, combat divisions of both air forces flew together. “This cooperation is meaningful on a tactical and strategic level”
Shani Poms

The 2013 Juniper Stallion exercise, in which combat squadrons of the Israeli Air Force were combined with combat squadrons of the United States Air Force for an intense two weeks of joint flights, finished this weekend. “The United States is a strategic partner and cooperation is important for the country and the army”, stressed Brigadier General Lihu Hacohen, Commander of the Nevatim Base, where it was held. “It begins at the highest stage of cooperation between the armies, and reaches the lowest level of communication between planes in the air”.

The American squadron that arrived here in mid July is Squadron 122 of the Air National Guard, which operates combat planes of the F-15c type and specializes in aerial combat. “What’s really interesting to watch…is watching how both sides are taking what we’re learning everyday and we’re building on it the next day…”, says Lieutenant Colonel Jim Worley, commander of the squadron. “What we are both learning…is that our way is not the only way…it expands our horizons, and makes us…hopefully look at problems in a different way”.

The IAF combat squadrons that took part in the exercise belong to the F-15, F-15I, and the F-16c/d divisions. The “Knights of the Orange Tail Squadron”, which operates the Gulfstream V planes for aerial control, also took part in the exercise. “One of the tasks that were practiced during the exercise was flying a large numbers of planes together. We flew together with the Americans and all the communication on the two way radio was in English”, explains Captain Nadav, of the “First Squadron” in Hatzor, who led the training. The cooperation was reflected not only in the joint flight, but also in the joint briefings and debriefings”.