Two U.S. Air Force C-130 Super Hercules aircraft from Ramstein Air Base in Germany landed in Israel this week carrying air crews who will participate in the Juniper Falcon 2021 exercise that will take place at various locations in Israel with the participation of the air forces of the two countries, according to an official statement by the U.S. Air Force.
The exercise is in accordance with the long-standing bilateral agreements between the U.S. and Israel as well as between the U.S. European Command and the IDF, and in accordance with the strategic relationship between the two countries, the U.S. Air Force said ahead of the exercise that will start this weekend. This year's exercise will test simulated emergency and crisis response procedures, ballistic missile defense and maintaining readiness and preparedness in the defense of Israel.
The U.S. Air Force also announced a number of measures that will be taken during the exercise due to COVID-19 and the need to protect the health of the personnel. The guidelines of the U.S. Department of Defense, the military and the hosts, namely the IDF and the State of Israel, will be maintained. The Air Force also said that the planning for Juniper Falcon 2021 started about a year ago, emphasizing that the exercise is not in response to recent developments in the area or elsewhere in the world.