Israel, US launch missile defense exercise

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli and US forces on Wednesday launched their largest joint missile defense drill ever. The exercise was scheduled to include simulated ballistic missile attacks on Israel from Iran, Syria and Lebanon's Hizballah terrorist militia.

Various anti-missile systems were to be tested during the drill, including Israel's Arrow 2, US-made Patriot batteries deployed in Israel and the US Navy's AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense System. More than a dozen US warships sailed into Israeli territorial waters to take part in the exercise, and could be seen from Israeli beaches.

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