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USA and Israel to conduct missile defence exercise

Israeli and US forces will jointly conduct an exercise focusing on the defence of Israel from attack by long-range ballistic missiles.

To be held in May 2012, it will be the biggest joint exercise to be conducted by the two countries and will feature a number of advanced missile defence technologies.

These will include the deployment of Lockheed Martin's Terminal High Altitude Area Defence and Northrop Grumman's Aegis systems, along with Israel Aerospace Industries' Arrow 2 ballistic missile interceptor and Rafael's Iron Dome rocket interceptor.

The exercise will test compatibility of the systems and their ability to prioritise the intercept process according to the threat.

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