Joint interception: Israelis and Americans Intercept Together

Taken by: Ayelet Eder

Joint interception: Israelis and Americans Intercept Together

“It’s a five day training in which we try to simulate the possible scenarios that could arise in times of emergency in different fronts”,

Taken by: Ayelet Eder

Joint interception: Israelis and Americans Intercept Together

Taken by: Ayelet Eder

Joint interception: Israelis and Americans Intercept Together

“We simulate every possible operational scenario that could arise in the next war”.

Taken by: Ayelet Eder

Joint interception: Israelis and Americans Intercept Together

In certain times of emergency, American Aerial Defense forces are expected to come to Israel with their weapon systems and help protect Israel from missiles.

Taken by: Ayelet Eder

In times of emergency, American Aerial Defense forces are expected to come to Israel with weapon systems. This week, a joint training was conducted in the ITB combat laboratory, and both forces practiced joint combat.

Vered Talala | Translated by: Ofri Aharon

In an attempt to preserve and strengthen the unique cooperation between the Aerial Defense Forces of Israel and the United States, a joint training was conducted last week In the ITB (Israel Test Bed) combat laboratory that was developed by “Elbit Systems” in Holon, where multiple war simulations were conducted and the different interception systems were put to use.
“The training allows us to test the combat doctrine according to which we react in times of emergency”, stated Brig.Gen. Zvika Haimovich, Commander of IAF Aerial Defense Division. “We simulate every possible operational scenario that could arise in the next war. In the past three years, the number of ITB trainings has risen, as a result of the understanding that our reality is changing and we must be prepared for any threat”.

For the first time: The “David’s Sling” systems participated
100 combat soldiers from the American Active Defense force came to participate in the exercise. “It’s a five day training in which we try to simulate the possible scenarios that could arise in times of emergency in different fronts”, shared Maj. Liron Cohen of the Aerial Defense Division and commander of the exercise. “At the end of every scenario training, the combat laboratory grades us according to our level of readiness to threats which is how we learn lessons and draw conclusions for the next scenario”.
The “David’s Sling” interception system, which will enter operational service in the IAF, will have a unique and improved ability to withstand threats which being executed for the first time in the ITB exercise. In fact, its soldiers “fought” for the first time alongside the weaponry systems that are present in already existing systems such as “Patriot” and “Arrow”.
“This was the first training in which we intercepted missiles alongside the supporting American systems”, added Captain Alex Milstein, Commander of the Interception Management Center.
Throughout the training, a ballistic missile was “launched” and the “David Sling’s” system was chosen to intercept it. “During the training we noticed their unique abilities and we saw the significant contribution they had in the modern battlefield”, described Captain Milstein. “We ended the training with a greater comprehension of the systems capabilities and the cooperation with our American partners”.

The sole combat laboratory of its kind
The ITB combat laboratory located in Holon that simulates the systems activities in times of war, is the only laboratory of its kind in the world. “There are no other simulation labs in the world that are capable of reflecting war scenarios and can allow all the active systems in the division to participate”, states Pini Ben Arie, manager of the ITB project in “Elbit Systems”. “The laboratory supports control systems as well as operational supervision. Through the simulations, we test the deployment and the ability to withstand the mission. The engineers of the laboratory build the training and write out how the attack against Israel will appear from every possible angle and even from farther countries. The engineers build the trainings based of their knowledge and experience from past exercises and add the new and relevant threats that have been added to the arena”.

Third Air Force Commander visits Israel
Lieutenant General Timothy Ray, Third Air Force commander of USAFE and JTF commander, visited Israel and observed the joint training. “For the first time, there is a connection and feeling of obligation to one another between the soldiers”, stated Brig.Gen. Haimovich, “an obligation that allots the maximization of their abilities, to solve problems and break new boundaries. I hope to see the joint forces in the ‘Juniper Cobra’ training in the beginning of next year”.

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