Israeli Test of World's Most Advanced Missile Defense System Ends Joint Exercise With U.S.

The drill, which simulates a series of missile and rocket attacks against Israel, also included first components of Israel's 'Magic Wand' air defense system.

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Israeli anti-missile battery.
Israeli anti-missile battery.Credit: AFP
Gili Cohen
Gili Cohen

The Israel Air Force launched several Patriot missiles near Palmahim in central Israel Monday, signaling the end of a joint military exercise with the U.S. military named "Juniper Cobra," which simulated a series of missile and rocket attacks against Israel.

Some of the 1,700 U.S. troops that were stationed in Israel to participate in the exercise left the country last weekend and did not take part in the missile launches on Monday.

The Patriot missile launches were meant to simulate the interception of multiple targets, but the Israeli military did not say whether or not the exercise had been successful.

The air space around Palmahim was closed for the exercise and flights taking off and landing at Ben Gurion International Airport were instructed to different flight paths.

A new interception system dubbed "Magic Wand" was also included in the exercise for the first time. The first components of the system were delivered to the air force in recent days and its operating battalion, known as "David's Sling" is due to be announced sometime within the year.

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