U.S. Dept. of Defense source to Newsweek: Several leaders of Hezbollah have been hit during the Israeli airstrike on Damascus, “Israel’s air strike was conducted minutes after the leaders boarded a plane bound for Iran”
Israel’s air defense system – likely the Arrow – was activated late Tuesday night against a Syrian anti-aircraft missile, following an alleged Israeli air strike over the capital of Damascus. Media reports claimed that Israel struck weapon warehouses near the Syrian capital.
There were no damages or injuries to Israeli troops, the IDF Spokesperson said in a statement. Continue Reading »
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, along with Israel’s Defense Ministry, IAI & IAF conducted a successful test of the Arrow 3 interception system, which intercepts & eliminates incoming ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere.
By Kobi Finkler
The Homa administration of the Israeli Defense Ministry, together with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), on Monday morning at 2:30 a.m. conducted a successful flight test of the Arrow 3 system, which intercepts ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere.
The test was conducted in central Israel, led by the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and with the participation of the Israel Air Force.
Arrow 3 interceptor – IAF
The Arrow 3 interceptor was launched and successfully carried out its mission. Continue Reading »
Despite White House objections, Congress approved the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to include an additional $705 million for joint US-Israel missile defense needs, by tapping the Overseas Contingency Operations budget for the aid increase, a fund that was meant for US wartime readiness.
WASHINGTON — Congress appears to have bucked the Trump administration this week by passing hundreds of millions of dollars in missile defense aid for Israel likely using funds historically reserved for current US wartime operations.
Arrow missile defense system. – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The White House made clear over the summer that it was not opposed to the amount of aid proposed by Congress for Israel, but rather the vehicle for its delivery– an unprecedented use of dollars typically saved for US military readiness. Continue Reading »
Kodiak testing site in Alaska to host an Israeli missile test of their new Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile defense system, in response to Iranian & North Korean development & testings of their long-range ballistic missiles.
The Israeli Air Force officially declares the David’s Sling missile defense system operational, as tensions rise on the northern border. • David’s Sling joins Iron Dome and Arrow’s 2 and 3 systems to support Israel’s multi-layered missile defense measures.
By Yossi Yehoshua
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) officially inaugurated the David’s Sling missile defense system on Monday. The system was designed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and American defense contractor Raytheon.
It is officially operational and functions as a part of Israel’s multi-layered missile defense program.
In this capacity, David’s Sling operates in the layer above the Iron Dome and below the Arrow system.
WATCH: The Arrow system, developed and produced by Israeli Aerospace Industries in partnership with Boeing, was transferred to an undisclosed air force bases in Israel to become operational after successful testing by both Israel and the United States.
By i24news – AFP
The Israeli army on Wednesday received new ballistic missile interceptors that significantly upgrade the Jewish state’s aerial defense systems in the face of “emerging threats,” the defense ministry said.
The Arrow 3 interceptor, designed to shoot down missiles above the atmosphere, was handed to air force bases in Israel after successful testing by Israel and the United States at the end of 2015. Continue Reading »
WATCH declassified test clip: Like Iron Dome & Arrow, David’s Sling has drawn interest from prospective foreign clients, especially since it’s also designed to intercept cruise missiles.
By Yoav Zitun
Israel’s air defense system David’s Sling has passed its final round of tests, putting it on course for deployment in 2016, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.
David’s Sling test – Photo: Israel Defense Ministry
David’s Sling is designed to shoot down rockets with ranges of 100 to 200 km (63 to 125 miles), aircraft, or low-flying cruise missiles. It will fill the operational gap between the Iron Dome short-range rocket interceptor and the Arrow ballistic missile interceptor, both already in service. Continue Reading »
In Thursday’s critical test, the Arrow 3 missile defense system, that travels at twice the speed of a tank shell to leave the atmosphere, operates in space where it’s designed to seek & destroy Iran’s Shihab 3 ICBM missiles.
The Defense Minister with the US Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency carried out a critical test of the Arrow 3 anti ballistic missile defense system on Thursday morning.
The Arrow 3 missile defense system operates in space, traveling at twice the speed of a tank shell to leave the atmosphere. It is designed to seek and destroy Iranian Shihab 3 missiles, as well as other long-range projectiles. Continue Reading »
The jointly developed David’s Sling by Israel and the US is the newest missile shield system, and just weeks away from a co-production deal, that when operational in 2016, is designed to intercept latest generation of offensive missiles.
The United States and Israel are weeks away from reaching a draft agreement on a co-production of Israel’s air defense system called David’s Sling that the two countries jointly developed, the top US missile defense officer told lawmakers on Thursday.
US Navy Vice Admiral James Syring, director of the Missile Defense Agency, or MDA, said discussions and negotiations continued with Israel on the David’s Sling system, which passed a series of intercept tests in April and is expected to be operational next year. Continue Reading »
United bipartisan request to House committee for additional funding cites increased threat from Iran & Hezbollah, noting the aid is ‘in America’s interest’.
By Ari Soffer
US lawmakers have called on Congress to increase funding for Israeli missile defense projects.
Last Thursday, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, urged a key House of Representatives panel to increase funding for Israel’s Iron Dome, Arrow, Arrow 3, and David’s Sling missile defense systems.
Specifically, they called for an increase of $175.9 million over the President’s budget and $130.9 million above fiscal year 2014 funding for the Iron Dome system. Continue Reading »
American Defense Attaché to Israel made the proposal, and the head of Israel Missile Defense Organization was ‘open to the idea.’
TEL AVIV – A US general proposed on Monday that Israel upgrade its anti-missile systems to include neighbouring Jordan and possibly Egypt, and an Israeli official cautiously welcomed the idea.
MAJ. ITAMAR ABU (right) commands TA Iron Dome – Photo: IDF Spokesman
The two Arab countries that have full peace treaties with the Jewish state share some of its concern regarding the disputed nuclear program of Iran and the civil war wracking Syria – both states with long-range missile arsenals. Continue Reading »
The 2nd interceptor test was conducted Friday morning from Israel’s Air Force base Palmachim.
Arrow’s system is designed to reinforce Israel’s protective multilayer defenses against any long-ranged missile threat.
By Yoav Zitu
Another successful trial of the Arrow 3 interceptor was carried out at 8 am Friday morning. It was the interceptor’s second flight test and it was conducted within a trials field in the Palmachim Air Force base.
Arrow 3 trial – Photo: Defense Ministry
The main advantage of the Arrow 3 interceptor is in its ability to perform a change of flight direction while flying towards long-ranged target missiles. Continue Reading »
Israel plans to name an Arrow defense missile facility after deceased former US senator Daniel Inouye for his contribution to Israel, marking the first time Israel has named a military facility after a non-Israeli.
Arrow missile defense system. – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
“I knew Inouye for 30 years, and he was Israel’s greatest supporter in Congress,” Robert Asher, a former president of AIPAC, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. Continue Reading »
Congressional Bill includes $173 million in additional funds for joint U.S.-Israel missile defense programs, including the Arrow project & David’s Sling.
This bill accommodates U.S. President Obama’s request of $220 million for additional Iron Dome batteries.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
A compromise defense bill proposed on Monday by U.S. lawmakers would boost spending on missile defense by $358 million to $9.5 billion, mandating an additional homeland defense radar and increasing funding for U.S.-Israeli cooperative efforts.
The David’s Sling anti-missile system during a test – Photo Courtesy: Israel Defense Ministry
Leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives Armed Services committees released details of a slimmed-down defense authorization bill for fiscal 2014 late on Monday, calling for a final vote on the measure before Congress leaves for the year. Continue Reading »
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