US EUCOM: Missile drill will take place later this year

January 15, 2012 21:44

The US military European Command said Sunday that the missile defense drill scheduled for April and canceled over the weekend would be held in late 2012.

“We are going to be conducting the exercise in the second half of 2012,” explained Capt. John Ross, spokesman for the US European Command (EUCOM). “It is not unusual for such exercises to be postponed and leaders of both sides believe that the best participation of all units will be best achieved later in the year.”

Initially scheduled for April and called "Austere Challenge," the drill was supposed to see the deployment of thousands of US troops and various sophisticated US missile defense systems in Israel.

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