US Air Force F-35s Join Israeli Italian and UK Partners for Falcon Strike 21 Exercise
US Air Force F-35s Join Israeli Italian and UK Partners for Falcon Strike 21 Exercise

US Air Force F-35s Join Israeli Italian and UK Partners for Falcon Strike 21 Exercise

Falcon Strike 21, a multinational training exercise led by the Italian Air Force, will take place at Amendola Air Base, Italy, from June 7-15, 2021. FS21 is a joint, multinational exercise with participants from the United States working with service members from Israel, Italy, and the United Kingdom, that optimizes the integration between 4th and 5th Generation aircraft, increases the level of cooperation in the F-35 logistics and expeditionary fields, and strengthens interoperability of allied and partner air forces during joint operations.

US Air Force F-35s Join Israeli Italian and UK Partners for Falcon Strike 21 Exercise
Three U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron, 388th Fighter Wing, prepare to participate in Falcon Strike 21 (FS21) at Amendola Air Base, Italy, June 7, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Aircraft planned to participate in the exercise include: U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II and F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft; U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft; Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning II aircraft; Italian Air Force F-35A and F-35B Lightning II, Gulfstream G550, F-2000 Eurofighter Typhoon, Panavia Tornado, AMX International aircraft, Alenia Aermacci T-346 aircraft, and MQ-1 Predator aircraft; and Israeli Air Force F-35I Adir and Gulfstream G550 aircraft.

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US Air Force F-35s Join Israeli Italian and UK Partners for Falcon Strike 21 Exercise
U.S. Air Force Airmen and Italian air force pose for a photo in front of a U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron, 388th Fighter Wing, during Falcon Strike 21 (FS21) at Amendola Air Base, Italy, June 7, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft will participate on the first day of the exercise only. The U.S. Air Force F-35 aircraft are assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron, 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. U.S. Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft participating in the exercise are assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy.

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron taxis
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron taxis onto the flightline during Falcon Strike 21 (FS21) at Amendola Air Base, Italy, June 7, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

In addition to enhancing combat readiness and strengthening bonds between allies and partners, Falcon Strike 21 provides participants the opportunity for developing capabilities in planning and conducting complex air operations in a multinational, joint force environment, leading to an advanced level of training for all participants. This includes a security environment where aircrews will have the ability to plan, brief, fly, and debrief at the same appropriate security level.

US Air Force F-35s Join Israeli Italian and UK Partners for Falcon Strike 21 Exercise
U.S. Air Force Capt. Connor Yancy, 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, right, poses for a photo during exercise Falcon Strike 21 (FS21) with an Israeli air force, middle, and an Italian air force F-35 Lightning II pilot at Amendola Air Base, Italy, June 4, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)
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