The Israeli and U.S. armies started a major joint air defense exercise Wednesday. According to experts, the drill could have political implications for Israel's regional foes, with the exercise testing technology that could be used to defend Israel against an Iranian attack.
The exercise, codenamed Juniper Cobra 10, will test the two states' missile defense systems and will include some 1,000 U.S. military personnel and a similar number of Israeli troops, the Israeli military said, according to the AP. The U.S. has deployed 17 warships equipped with radar systems to detect surface-to-surface missiles for the exercise. The countries plan to set up radar sites along the Israeli coast and launch dummy missiles from the sea to test the system's performance.
The Juniper Cobra 10 will include the use of X-band radar technology, meant to detect incoming missiles from hundreds of miles away, a senior Israeli defense official was quoted as saying. "The radar is now part of Israel's active defense lineup, on the understanding that the missile threat on Israel is growing," the official said.