Israel says joint US drill postponed to next week

The exercise, dubbed Juniper Cobra, has taken place every two years since 2001.

Israel says joint US drill postponed to next week
An Israeli-U.S. test of missiles that had been expected to begin on Monday has been postponed to next week, an Israeli defence official said.

The exercise, dubbed Juniper Cobra, has taken place every two years since 2001.

U.S. forces including 17 naval ships and ground personnel operating the Aegis, THAAD and Patriot missile shields will be meshed with Israel's Arrow II interceptor for the drill, which is scheduled to start on Oct. 20, the Israeli official said.

Last week, the official gave Oct. 12-16 as the dates for the joint manoeuvres, which he said would be the biggest ever and overseen by Admiral Mark Fitzgerald, chief of the U.S. Navy's Sixth Fleet, as well as by the head of Israel's air defence arm.

The U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv had no immediate word on scheduling.


Reuters
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