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U.S.-Israel Stage Missile Defense Drill

(September 2023)

In September 2023, the United States and Israel conducted a joint air defense drill, which simulated rocket barrages on Israel. The U.S. forces used its Patriot, AEGIS, and THAAD anti-missile systems while Israel deployed its Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow, and Patriot systems.

The operation was conducted from Elbit’s Test-Bed battle lab, which “presents real-time data that helps with a comprehensive investigation of the drill.” Oren Sabag, an Elbit official said the battle lab “allows to simulate complex aerial defense scenarios and serves as an advanced environment for integrated training and research capabilities.”

“We are proud to once again host this important joint exercise… and to contribute to the cooperation and strengthening of the air defense array of the State of Israel,” Sabag added.

The Defense Ministry said, “the ongoing cooperation between the armies, is aimed at improving the level of competence of the troops and increasing the coordination between the forces.”

Sources: Emanuel Fabian, “Israel and US hold joint air defense drill to counter major rocket barrage,” Times of Israel, (September 21, 2023).
Seth J. Frantzman, “Israel and US conduct joint training on air defenses,” Jerusalem Post, (September 23, 2023).

Photo: IDF Spokesperson.