Israel launched a Patriot surface-to-air missile from the Palmachim air base in central Israel as part of a “routine exercise” on Monday, the IDF said.
The defense system was activated as the joint Israel-US Juniper Cobra exercise came to a close. The biennial exercise, which kicked off last month, simulated missile and rocket attacks in order to test the preparedness of the IDF and US military against such assaults and also to improve ties between the two armies.
However, the American military was not involved in the launch of the Patriot missile on Monday, the IDF said.
The missile launch “was a routine IAF exercise,” an IDF spokesperson said. (READ MORE)