The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is reported to be making preparations for a key military drill that will simulate an airstrike on Iran; At least one source reports that this will be one of the largest exercises ever to be carried out by the Israeli Air Force (IAF).

When multiple countries are contemplating a possible military response to Tehran’s growing hostility and nuclear agenda, the IDF has revealed that it will be conducting a significant air force drill in 2022 that will simulate an airstrike on the Islamic Republic. The announcement comes just weeks after the IDF increased its annual budget to create room for more military drills in the new year, especially for reserves units.

The announcement also surfaced as nuclear talks take place in Vienna amid Iran’s ever-growing violations of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or Iran nuclear deal. According to initial reports, it will be one of the largest drills ever hosted by the IAF. It will include a host of aircraft, including multiple fighter jets and reconnaissance planes.

When the drill takes place, it will be conducted over 600 miles into the Mediterranean Sea to replicate the distance from Israel to Iran. Israel and the US have been preparing for a possible military strike on Iran’s nuclear program should the talks in Vienna fail.