For the 1st time, Israel is naming an IDF military base, the Arrow site, after a foreigner, the former U.S. Senator and Medal of Honor recipient, Daniel Inouye.
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 »
Israel Aerospace Industries is developing a newer version of the “Arrow- 3” missile that will be able to intercept ballistic missiles at higher altitudes, far beyond the borders of Israel.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is developing a new version of the “Arrow” missile that will be quicker and more accurate than its predecessors, an official said Thursday, according to Kol Yisrael radio.
Arrow 3 – Photo courtesy: IDF
Speaking at a program as part of the annual Researchers’ Night at Tel Aviv University, the director of the Arrow 3 program at the IAI, Inbal Kreis, said that the new missile system will be able to intercept ballistic missiles at high altitudes, far beyond the borders of Israel. Continue Reading »
Additional Iron Dome batteries deployed in north including Israel’s Hetz defensive system.
‘IDF is prepared for any scenario, so no reason to change our routine,’ reports IDF spokesman.
By Yoav Zitun
Hetz (Arrow), the IAF’s missile interception system, has raised its alert level amid reports of a looming American attack in Syria in the coming days.
Iron Dome, Hetz (Arrow), Patriot – Photo: Reuters, Defense Ministry
The IDF has also decided to deploy an additional Iron Dome missile defense system in the north. It will join a battery placed in Haifa a number of weeks ago. The IDF is considering deploying an additional battery in central Israel. Continue Reading »
Spokesperson at the Defense Ministry says missile launched from army base in central Israel was part of planned test by Israel’s Missile Defense Organization
A rocket was launched from the Palmachim army base in central Israel Friday morning as part of a test that was planned in advance by the security establishment. The launch tested the propulsion system of a long-range rocket.
Seconds after launch – Photo: Alexandra Locsh
“This morning Israel conducted a launch of a rocket propulsion system from the Palmachim base. The launch was conducted in the framework of a test that was planned in advance by the security establishment and was carried out on schedule,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. Continue Reading »
Head of the Israel Air Force missile defense systems reports ‘unprecedented’ success of Hetz (Arrow) 3 rocket interceptor.
He also stresses that Iran is still main threat.
By Yoav Zitun
As reports emerge of a secret rocket-launching base in central Israel, top Israeli officials confirm that, escalation along the Syrian border notwithstanding, Iran‘s unsanctioned uranium development program remains the major threat to Israel’s security.
Head of Interception Systems Unit Lt. Col. Aviram Hason said on Monday “the ballistic threat grows each day. What is happening in Syria is unfortunate, but we are preoccupied mainly with the nuclear threat, and therefore urge the development of the Hetz 3 interceptor as soon as possible because we want to see the day when the threat ripens. Continue Reading »
[Illustrative] – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
Israel’s Air Defense Command commemorates the 1973 Yom Kippur War by showing off its modern advanced anti-missile systems.
By Israel Today Staff
The Air Defense Command branch of the Israel Air Force held a day-long demonstration of its modern capabilities last week in the southern Negev region.
The “Arrow” system, which is responsible for defending Israel from long-range ballistic missiles. – Israel Air Force photo courtesy IDF’s Spokesperson’s Office
The event was a commemoration of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, during which the command, then known as the Anti-Aircraft Command, played a major role.
As the military forces of Syria and Egypt pressed their early advantage thanks to a successful surprise attack on the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, the Anti-Aircraft Command managed to down 54 enemy aircraft, allowing the reeling Israeli forces time to recover and regroup for a crushing counter-offensive. Continue Reading »