The combined US-Israel military exercise, Austere Challenge 12, is the largest exercise to take place between the two armies. ‘Austere Challenge’ takes place every couple of years and aims to address modern-day threats.

Photos: US-Israel ‘Austere Challenge 12′ Exercise

US and IDF (Zahal) soldiers together near an aerial defense vehicle.

Photos: US-Israel ‘Austere Challenge 12′ Exercise

Lt Gen Craig Franklin and Brig. Gen. Shahar Shohat at the official press conference.

The exercise is part of a planned training schedule that seeks to increase and develop military cooperation. Planning for it began over two years ago and, it’s important to emphasize, is not a response to specific events in the region. During the course of the exercise, US EUCOM soldiers will be deployed in a variety of locations, including near civilian areas.

Photos: US-Israel ‘Austere Challenge 12′ Exercise

An aerial defense vehicle.

Photos: US-Israel ‘Austere Challenge 12′ Exercise

American and Israeli commanders of patriot missile battery.

Photos: US-Israel ‘Austere Challenge 12′ Exercise

US and IDF (Zahal) soldiers together near an aerial defense vehicle.

Photos: US-Israel ‘Austere Challenge 12′ Exercise

IDF (Zahal) officer together with US EUCOM soldiers.

Photos: US-Israel ‘Austere Challenge 12′ Exercise

US and IDF (Zahal) soldiers together near an aerial defense vehicle.

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