The United States Air Force has sent six fighter aircraft to an airbase in Israel for a limited period of time.

On Monday, the United States Air Force sent six fighter jets to an Israeli Air Force base located in the south of Israel, intending to disperse its aircraft amongst numerous airbases as a strategy.

Located in the Middle East, Israel is a close ally of the United States and provides several strategic benefits in case of a potential conflict with Iran. The Israeli Air Force would be a critical asset for the US Air Force due to its proximity to the country and its advanced counter-terror and anti-missile capabilities. The Israeli Air Force has modern long-range offensive aircraft that could be used for airstrikes against Iranian targets outside of international airspace and air defense systems that would protect US forces from retaliatory strikes from Iran. 

In addition, military cooperation between the two countries allows for rapid force deployment and coordination. This makes it possible for the US Air Force to utilize Israel’s many airfields located much closer to Iran than bases on American soil. Ultimately, using Israeli airspace and military resources would significantly increase the US’s chances of success in any conflict with Iran.

F-15C Eagle
F-15C Eagle (Source: Steve Lyne/Wikimedia Commons)

The IAF reported that during their stay at the Nevatim Airbase, the six F-15s would partake in exercises together with Israel’s F-35s, which are invisible to radar, and a squadron of Gulfstream G550 aircraft, which are used for intelligence gathering.

The Indian Air Force announced that the exercises scheduled for this week will simulate offensive operations in the enemy’s territory.

The US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) is executing a strategy known as “agile combat employment,” in which aircraft are situated in forward operating stations in friendly countries across the world instead of the usual main foreign bases of the United States.

The concept aims to both hinder adversary forces from harming the US Air Force and to make it possible to quickly respond to situations, as stated by American defense personnel.