Britain’s F-35 stealth fighter jets were flown in formation alongside Israeli and US aircraft as part of a routine training exercise, the millitary said.
The new cutting-edge warplanes were deployed yesterday as part of a half-day exercise in Cyprus with Israeli and US forces to develop capabilities.
Some estimates have put the overall cost of each jet at as much as £150 million when logistics and support are taken into account.
The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) shared a photo from the drill, adding: “United by common threats, strengthened by common goals.”
In the skies of the Middle East, ????????, ????????, and ???????? aircraft fly side by side as part of the Tri-Lightning exercise led by the @USAirForce that took place this week.
United by common threats,
strengthened by common goals. pic.twitter.com/1UFrIkxoWT
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) June 26, 2019
Britain currently has 17 F-35Bs and has pledged to purchase 138 in total from American Aviation giant Lockheed Martin.