US, Israel involve 6 air defense systems in unprecedented missile defense drill

The US and Israel have for the first time involved six air defense systems in a single computer-simulated rocket and missile defense drill, security officials said Thursday.

During the ongoing Juniper Cobra 2016 exercise, which began two weeks ago in Israel, the US European Command (EUCOM) integrated the command and control systems of the Aegis Combat system, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), and Patriots, while Israel plugged in systems from its Arrow 3, David’s Sling, and Iron Dome defenses.

These systems were linked to simulators, officials said, though the US did not deploy its ship-based interceptors, and there is no live-fire stage in the drill.


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