American transport planes touched down in Israel on Tuesday night time, bringing US Air Pressure troops and gear to participate in an in-person follow-up to an air protection train that was held just about earlier this 12 months, the US Air Pressure mentioned.
In February, the Israel Protection Forces and US European Command (EUCOM) launched the Juniper Falcon train, simulating the specter of ballistic missile assaults. As a result of coronavirus pandemic, the train was largely held remotely, with IDF troops working in Israel and US troopers in Germany, the place EUCOM is predicated.
“This long-planned occasion is a continuation of [Juniper Falcon 21], which happened earlier this 12 months,” the US Air Forces in Europe and Africa mentioned in a press release.
The train is “designed to check simulated emergency response procedures, ballistic missile protection and disaster response help within the protection of Israel,” in response to the assertion.
The IDF didn’t instantly touch upon the train.
The specter of missile assault is especially acute in Israel as these weapons are the first ones utilized by the nation’s enemies. In complete, a whole lot of 1000’s of rockets, missiles and mortar shells are estimated to be within the arms of terror teams within the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Syria, along with the extra superior ballistic and cruise missiles held by Iranian proxies in Yemen and Iraq.
Final week, the IDF launched up to date intelligence assessments on the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror group, exhibiting that the group had between 130,000 and 150,000 rockets and missiles in its arsenals and can be able to launching some 3,000 projectiles at Israel daily for at the very least per week in a future battle.
“Planning for [the exercise] started in 2020, and whereas the train is pushed by general dynamics within the Center East, it isn’t in response to any latest developments or particular real-world occasions,” the US Air Pressure mentioned.
The Juniper Falcon train has been held roughly each different 12 months by the IDF and EUCOM in Israel since 2001. This 12 months’s drill took on extra significance, coming each 30 years after the primary case of Israeli-American air protection cooperation within the 1991 First Gulf Warfare, when US air protection batteries have been deployed in Israel to guard the nation from Iraqi Scud missile assaults, and after the announcement by the US navy that Israel can be moved from EUCOM’s space of accountability to the Center East-focused Central Command (CENTCOM).