Israel, the United States and several NATO states held a large-scale military drill “Blue Flag 2019” in Israel. The drill took place on November 3-14 at the Uvda Air Force base north of Eilat.
The Blue Flag 2019 involved five countries, 70 aircraft, including F-35I, and approximately 1,000 participants, the Israeli military reported (source):
The countries which arrived to train are Germany, with the Eurofighter Typhoon; Italy with the F-35, Eurofighters and Gulfstream G-550; and Greece and the United States with the F-16. The Israeli participants include the “Baz” (F-15), the “Sufa” (F-16I) and the “Adir”.
This is the most advanced international Air Force exercise in Israel’s history.
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— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 15, 2019
⚠️???️♂️?? It appears that JORDANIAN (RJAF) F-16AM and F-16BM (ex-RNLAF) fighter jets have been flying over both Israel and Jordan over the past four days (3-6 Nov) using "#NASHMI" (Arabic for "fragrance") callsigns.
Here's how I know.
— Gerjon | חריון (@Gerjon_) November 6, 2019
Several pro-Israeli media outlets and military experts speculated that the Red Team’s Patriot surface-to-air missile systems simulated Russia’s S-300 and S-400 air defense systems that were overcome by the Israeli-US force.
The success demonstrated by US-made Patriot missiles in Saudi Arabia, where they defended a half of Saudi oil production from Houthi strikes, is widely-known for the international audience. So, what could possibly go wrong?