Large-scale joint military exercises held in the U.S. to test missile defense system (Figure)
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Xinhua Tel Aviv, Israel, Oct. 22 (Xinhua reporter Xu Gang Deng Yushan) commander of the Israeli Air Force air defense units and more dragons Jiawei Shen 22, said October 21 to November 5, the Israeli Defense Forces and U.S. forces will be jointly held in the territory code-named “Juniper Cobra,” the large-scale air defense exercises.
Jiawei Shen’s news conference in Tel Aviv, said the exercise was to strengthen the air defense system in the United States and cooperation between both capacity and enhance the army’s air defense capability. He said the United States both prepare for this exercise for a few months time, the exercise was “not against the world in any event.”
participate in the exercise of U.S. European Command, Rear Admiral John Richardson said at a news conference, about 1,000 from the U.S. European Command, U.S. soldiers will be participating, participating army The same number of soldiers about 1,000 people. He and Jiawei Shen refused to disclose the specific circumstances of the exercise.
It is understood that 17 military ships will participate in the exercise to test the two countries will both U.S. missile defense system together with the ability to test the missile defense facilities, including the U.S. “Aegis” missile defense system, Theater High Altitude Area Defense system, “Patriot” missile defense system and to square the “Arrow – Ⅱ”-type ballistic missile defense system. To media reports that the U.S. may leave Israel after the end of the exercise of some defense systems, which leave a “Patriot” missile defense system is most likely.
Israel and the United States since 2001, held every two years, code-named “Juniper Cobra” air defense exercises, this year’s first five times, but also previous “Juniper Cobra,” the largest exercises once. Although the army claimed that the exercise “does not occur for any global event,” but it is widely believe that exercise is closely related to Iran’s nuclear program.