Photos: US-Israel ‘Austere Challenge 12′ Exercise

The combined US-Israel military exercise, Austere Challenge 12, is the largest exercise to take place between the two armies. ‘Austere Challenge’ takes place every couple of years and aims to address modern-day threats.

US and IDF soldiers together near an aerial defense vehicle.

US and IDF soldiers together near an aerial defense vehicle.

Lt Gen Craig Franklin and Brig. Gen. Shahar Shohat at the official press conference.

Lt Gen Craig Franklin and Brig. Gen. Shahar Shohat at the official press conference.

The exercise is part of a planned training schedule that seeks to increase and develop military cooperation. Planning for it began over two years ago and, it’s important to emphasize, is not a response to specific events in the region. During the course of the exercise, US EUCOM soldiers will be deployed in a variety of locations, including near civilian areas.

An aerial defense vehicle.

An aerial defense vehicle.

American and Israeli commanders of patriot missile battery.

American and Israeli commanders of patriot missile battery.

US and IDF soldiers together near an aerial defense vehicle.

US and IDF soldiers together near an aerial defense vehicle.

IDF officer together with US EUCOM soldiers.

IDF officer together with US EUCOM soldiers.

US and IDF soldiers together near an aerial defense vehicle.

US and IDF soldiers together near an aerial defense vehicle.

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