The US Army has conducted its first-ever Patriot surface-to-air missile tests on Australian soil during Exercise Talisman Sabre 21.
Soldiers from 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade and 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command used the missile system to destroy drone targets in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia.
According to US Indo-Pacific Command statement, the launch was successful.
Patriot (MIM-104) is a long-range, all-weather air defence system that is used to engage tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft.
The system was deployed during the 2003 Iraq conflict.
The Exercise Talisman Sabre 21 commenced on 14 July and will continue until 31 July.
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This year, more than 17,000 troops from seven countries are participating in the exercise, which seeks to enhance military capabilities to address Indo-Pacific security concerns.
In addition to the US and Australia, troops from Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, and the UK are participating in the exercise.
Separately, India, Indonesia, France, and Germany have sent delegations to observe the exercise.
The military drill is also expected to help in improving interoperability between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the US Armed Forces.
The US Indo-Pacific Command stated: “Australian and US Forces combine biannually for Talisman Sabre – a key exercise supporting the Indo-Pacific Pathways initiative to advance a free and open Indo-Pacific by strengthening relationships, building trust and interoperability among allies and partners.”