Two U.S. Air Force C-130 Super Hercules aircraft from Ramstein Air Base, Germany landed in Israel this week with aircrews who will be participating in Exercise Juniper Falcon 2021, which will be held at various locations in Israel with the participation of the air forces from the two Countries, according to an official statement by the US Air Force.
The exercise is in line with long-standing bilateral agreements between the US and Israel, as well as between the US European Command and the IDF, and in line with the strategic relationship between the two countries, the US Air Force said before the exercise kicks off this weekend. This year’s exercise will test simulated emergency and crisis response procedures, ballistic missile defense, and maintenance of readiness and readiness in defending Israel.
The U.S. Air Force also announced a number of measures will be taken during the exercise due to COVID-19 and the need to protect the health of personnel. The guidelines of the US Department of Defense, the military and the hosts, namely the IDF and the State of Israel, will be maintained. The Air Force also said planning for Juniper Falcon 2021 began about a year ago, stressing that the exercise is unresponsive to recent developments in the region or anywhere else in the world.