Austere Challenge 12 will be the largest Israeli-American joint aerial defense exercise to date
The Austere Challenge 12 drill, a combined exercise of the United States European Command (US EUCOM) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), will begin tomorrow morning (Sunday, October 21). Austere Challenge 12 will be the largest joint aerial defense exercise held by the two militaries to date. These exercises are part of a planned training schedule that seeks to increase cooperation and interoperability between the two militaries. Planning for the exercise began over two years ago and is not a response to specific events in the region. During the course of the exercise, EUCOM soldiers will be deployed in a variety of locations, including near civilian areas. Increased military activity may be noted and roads may be closed for short periods of time in order to ensure the safety of civilian vehicles.
All EUCOM soldiers will depart Israel following the exercise's conclusion.