U.S Fighters Arriving to Practice in Israel
The Last “Juniper Cobra” Exercise was in 2009 “I am very much looking forward to the “Austere Challenge”, said Colonel Stephen Richmond, head of the 10th Army Air & Missile Defense Command to the IAF Site. Thousands of Israeli and American soldiers will take part in the exercise, which is expected to be conducted this year
Shir Aharon Bram
The Israeli-American cooperation for aerial defense has been going on since the Gulf War, when two “Patriot” batteries arrived to defend Israel from “Scud” missiles. The “Juniper Cobra” exercises, which are conducted once every few years, include placing batteries in strategic points around the country, intensive training and even missile launches. This year, the exercise-which is planned as a part of the IAF’s training routine-will focus on the active defense mission.
“I’m very much looking forward to the Austere Challenge”, “, said Colonel Stephen Richmond, head of the 10th Army Air & Missile Defense Command. Colonel Richmond arrived last week at the Aerial Defense Academy, where a general exercise day for all units in the formation was being held: A presentation of the Arrow Batteries, the Patriot, Hawk and Stinger. Commander of the Active Defense Wing, Colonel Zvika Haimovich, accompanied Colonel Richmond and presented to him the various weaponry systems that competed in different categories.
“The ability of the formation to bring together all the weaponry systems is amazing”, said Colonel Richmond. “I’m very impressed with the capabilities presented here, and have already concluded with my colleagues from the Aerial Defense Formation that we will conduct friendly competitions in similar spirit in our joint exercise as well”.