WATCH: Israeli Forces Conduct Nighttime Patriot Missile Launch Drill

© AFP 2022 / GIL COHEN-MAGEN Israeli soldiers walk near an Israeli Irone Dome defence system (L), a surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, the MIM-104 Patriot (C), and an anti-ballistic missile the Arrow 3 (R) during Juniper Cobra's joint exercise press briefing at Hatzor Israeli Air Force Base in central Israel, on February 25, 2016. Juniper Cobra, is held every two years where Israel and the United States train their militaries together to prepare against possible ballistic missile attacks, as well as allowing the armies to learn to better work together.
Israeli soldiers walk near an Israeli Irone Dome defence system (L), a surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, the MIM-104 Patriot (C), and an anti-ballistic missile the Arrow 3 (R) during Juniper Cobra's joint exercise press briefing at Hatzor Israeli Air Force Base in central Israel, on February 25, 2016. Juniper Cobra, is held every two years where Israel and the United States train their militaries together to prepare against possible ballistic missile attacks, as well as allowing the armies to learn to better work together. - Sputnik International
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The Israeli Air Force conducted unique after-dark military exercises this week, firing surface-to-air Patriot missiles to test the defense system’s interception capability.

The exercises were carried out by the Israeli Air Force’s Defense Division on Tuesday, local media outlets reported. In 2014, the missiles successfully struck down a drone controlled by Hamas as part of Operation Protective Edge, a military operation launched by Israel against Gaza. In the 0:51 — 0:56 timeframe in the video, the Patriot’s intended target appears to be successfully picked off.

In 2016, however, a Patriot projectile was fired at a drone that had infiltrated Israeli airspace and missed. Falling shrapnel produced by the missile’s mid-flight self-detonation injured a 14-year-old girl, the Jerusalem Post reported.

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