IDF Spokespersons Unit confirms exercise planned weeks ago; Exercise to continue through mid-week and follows IDF, Navy and IAF drills held in southern Israel last week; IDF confirms it will participate for first time in RIMPAC.
The IDF began a large-scale military exercise in the Golan Heights on Sunday morning.
The drill was planned weeks ago but was unannounced to the public. The exercises will continue until mid-week and will include majority of the IDF combat and intelligence units, as well as reservists.
This week’s drill in the Golan Heights follows a number of IDF drills held last week. The IDF completed a four-day drill in southern Israel last week and the Israeli Navy completed a military exercise centered on defense scenarios from attacks from Lebanon and Syria. The navy exercise included war simulations, foreign attacks and practice with new radar detection and missile ships.
The Israel Air Force recently completing a week-long drill in the south and north of Israel. The IAF drill focused on preventing terror, simulated multi-threat attacks and jet exercises on simulated strikes in the Gaza Strip. The drills also focused on strategies in case of ground invasion from the Gaza Strip. The IDF confirmed that “dozens of fighter jets simulated strikes on hundreds of targets in the Gaza Strip in a short period of time.”
The IDF recently confirmed it will participate in the United States Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multinational naval exercise. It will be Israel’s first time participating in the biennial exercise. The exercise, which is centered on “capable adaptive partners”, will be held towards the end of June outside of Hawaii. The maritime exercise will include 25,000 participants this year from 26 countries, 47 ships, 5 submarines and over 200 aircraft.
Israel, Brazil, Sri Lanka and Vietnam will participate in the exercise for the first time.
Amir will address these developments and much more during his LIVE Middle East Current Events Update on Sunday. Tune in at 6:00 pm (Israel time).
Photo: IDF soldiers in the Golan Heights, Wikimedia Commons, 2018.