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Major Israel-U.S. Drill to Simulate Missile Firing from Iran, Syria, Lebanon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Naharnet, AFP   
Wednesday, 21 October 2009

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Israel and the United States will on Wednesday begin their largest-ever air defense drill that will simulate missile attacks on the Jewish state, officials said. 

About 1,000 troops from the U.S. European Command and an equal number of Israeli soldiers are to participate in the Juniper Cobra exercise running through November 5, the Israeli army said in a statement.

The exercise will test the Arrow (Hetz) system, the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense), the ship-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, as well as Patriot and Hawk anti-aircraft systems, media said.

It will simulate the firing of long-range missiles from Israel's foes Iran, Syria and Lebanon, and towards the end will include a "live" missile interception, the Yediot Aharonot daily said.

"The working assumption upon which the exercise is based is that the United States, in the event of a war, will provide Israel with missile defense systems that will operate alongside" Israel's Arrow 2 system, it said.

The army statement said "the exercise is not in response to any world events" and that planning for the fifth Juniper Cobra drill "started over a year and a half ago."(AFP-Naharnet)

Beirut, 21 Oct 09, 10:11

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