US and Saudi forces carry out ‘anti-drone’ military exercise
The joint exercise comes days after the US blamed Iran for an alleged drone attack on an Israeli oil tanker
By News Desk - August 06 2021

A US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon lands on Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on July 29, 2021. (Credit: US Air Force)

On 5 August, the Royal Saudi Air Force carried out a joint military exercise with US troops using F-16 jet fighters, reportedly to test anti-drone systems.

According to a tweet posted by the US Central Command, “F-16s of the 378th Air Expeditionary Wing joined the Royal Air Force to conduct a joint training exercise on anti-drone air systems, demonstrating our shared focus on regional airspace security.”

The US Air Force goes on to say that this exercise is part of an “ongoing series of integration missions through the summer of 2021.” The joint exercise comes mere days after Israel, the US and the UK claimed Iran attacked an Israeli-owned oil tanker off the coast of Oman, allegedly using a drone.



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