Israeli, European & NATO Air Force Joint Training
During the final week of October 2011, the Israeli Air Force took part in a large-scale, distance-strike joint training operation together with pilots from the Italian, Dutch, German and NATO Air Forces at the Decimomannu Air Base on the island of Sardinia in the Meditteranean Sea. The maneuvers trained included several different bombing scenarios in addition to long-distance missions and midair fueling.
The IAF has the need to train for long-range missions in the case of any future attack on the nuclear facilities in Iran and the georgraphical limitations of Israel does not allow the proper space for such training. As such, the IAF trains with Italian forces on the island of Sardinia biannually. "We have to train away from our home-base and this drill was an excellent platform," Lt.-Col. L., who commands the IAF squadron heading the Sardinia maneuvers, told an Israeli news organization. "We trained for distant-strikes, long-range missions and every possible scenario."
Source: Ynet, Haaretz, Israel Defense Forces, YouTube (IAF)