IDF, US wrap up air defense exercise; THAAD anti-missile system to leave Israel

(Worthy News) - The Israel Defense Forces and American military on Sunday completed a four-week air defense exercise that saw the deployment of the United States' most advanced missile defense system in Israel for the first time.

On March 4, the US European Command (US EUCOM) deployed the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, along with approximately 250 officers and soldiers, in southern Israel.

Since then, some 150 Israeli Air Force personnel, mostly reservists, have trained alongside their American counterparts, learning how to work with the THAAD system, which is designed to intercept short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, and integrate it into Israel’s air defense array, according to Col. Guy Amosi, deputy commander of the IAF’s Megiddo unit, which led the joint exercise. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ]

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