- Israel Air Force Wraps Up Massive Drill Simulating War in North Amid Hezbollah Tensions
In message to Lebanese Hezbollah, IAF pilots practiced strikes on thousands of targets
The Israel Air Force (IAF) wrapped up a three-day drill simulating conflict in the country’s north, the military announced on Tuesday in a press release. The maneuvers, dubbed “Rose of the Galilee,” saw dozens of jets scrambled to take part in various operations, including aerial combat, attacks on hostile supply lines and securing aerial superiority.
The drill was focused on a scenario where the Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist group fired a missile at an IAF jet operating over Lebanon, landing the shot, but failing to down the aircraft. What follows in the scenario is a few days of clashes, which set the stage for Israel’s full-fledged campaign on the northern front.
The Jerusalem Post cited a military source as saying that the simulation saw Israeli pilots take down some 3,000 Hezbollah targets in just 24 hours. The drills come amid the long-running tensions on Israel’s northern border, with Hezbollah pledging last summer to avenge the death of its member in an alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria.
In early February, Hezbollah fired a surface-to-air missile at an Israeli drone operating in the Lebanese airspace. According to the IDF, the UAV did not sustain any damage and successfully completed its mission.