The Israel Air Force has recently completed a series of drills aimed at improving the responses of drone operators to attempted hostile infiltrations of the country’s borders.

The drills factored in lessons learned from the deadly antitank missile attack launched by Hezbollah from Lebanon in January, which killed two IDF soldiers. They also included lessons learned from Operation Protective Edge in Gaza last year.

During the drills placed an emphasis on increasing operational cooperation between the air force and northern territorial brigades. While the Southern Command has established close coordination with the IAF throughout the course of three conflicts with Gazan terrorist groups in recent years, and many security escalations in between, the Northern Command has, with the exception of a few pinpoint exceptions, remained largely quiet since the 2006 Second Lebanon War. […]