Tag Archive for Military cooperation

US Army has eyes on Israeli night vision, signs $50 million deal

Israel’s Elbit Systems of America was contracted to produce spare parts for the US aviators’ helmet mounted night vision imaging systems with initial order for $17.9 million to be supplied until 2023.

By News Agencies and ILH Staff

 

Israel’s Elbit Systems said on Wednesday its US subsidiary won a contract worth up to $50 million to produce spare parts for the aviators’ night vision imaging system head-up display system of the US Army.

The contract, to be carried out over five years, was awarded on behalf of the US Army by the Defense Logistics Agency. An initial order for $17.9 million was placed under this contract, to be supplied until 2023. Continue Reading »

JUNIPER COBRA 2020 Military Exercise Cancelled Over Coronavirus

Following Israel’s new Health Ministry guidelines on the Coronavirus threat, the JUNIPER COBRA Exercise scheduled for the American and Israeli militaries has been cancelled.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

A joint exercise between the American and Israeli militaries has been cancelled due to concern over the novel Coronavirus.

The JUNIPER COBRA Exercise was scheduled to begin this week and last through March 13. Over 600 troops from the US European Command were scheduled to arrive from Germany and the United States.

Israel-US-IAF flags displayed on a base for JUNIPER COBRA Exercise – IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

In light of the publication of new guidelines by the Health Ministry and the assessment of the spread of the Coronavirus, and in close coordination with EUCOM, a joint conversation with the Chief of Staff and the EUCOM commander about the cessation of the exercise. Continue Reading »

US & Israel begins 10th joint ‘Juniper Cobra’ military exercise

Juniper Cobra is a 5-day joint military exercise conducted every other year between Israel and the United States to strengthen US Armed  Forces-IDF military cooperation against regional threats, promoting long-term security.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

The 10th annual Juniper Cobra exercise between the IDF and the United States Europe Command (EUCOM) began on Tuesday, with hundreds of US troops landing in Israel to take part.

The drill will take place between March 3rd and March 13th, will be the largest IDF and USEUCOM joint exercise taking place this year with over 2,500 US troops participating in several different locations- in Israel, Europe and the United States. Continue Reading »

US Army to buy Israeli-made Spike missiles over USA made Hellfire

Forced to develop locally made missiles fired from Apache helicopters after Obama halted sales to Israel in 2014, Israel’s ‘Spike’ has over double the distance of American made ‘Hellfire’ and incorporates advanced technologies with smart target tracking designed with artificial intelligence features.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

The US Army has chosen the Israeli-made long-range Spike precision missile to use on attack helicopters as an interim solution for greater standoff capabilities.

According to Defense News, an Army Requirements Oversight Council authorized the decision “ahead of a bigger decision” regarding acquiring long-range precision munitions for its air fleets.

While Apache helicopters can currently take out targets like enemy tanks, light bunkers and personnel from 12 km. Continue Reading »

Report: Israeli intel pinpointed Soleimani location to U.S.

NBC News reported Sunday that Jerusalem “helped confirm the details” of Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s flight from Damascus to Baghdad, where his vehicle was ultimately destroyed by US drone-strike upon arrival.
– Earlier, a top IDF official claimed Israel was ‘not the story’ of the operation.

By i24NEWS, Ynet, News agencies

 

Israeli intelligence was used by the United States in a mission to assassinate a top Iranian general, NBC News reported Sunday.

Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds force and mastermind of its regional security strategy, was killed in an airstrike a week ago near the Iraqi capital’s international airport. Continue Reading »

Australia: Brothers sentenced 40, 36 years after IDF tip to blow up plane

Following a tip from the IDF’s elite military intelligence Unit 8200, 2 Australian-Lebanese brothers were sentenced to 40 and 36 years in prison for their Islamic Slate-inspired plot to bomb a jet departing Sydney in 2017.

By i24NEWS

 

Two brothers, Khaled and Mahmoud Khayat, were sentenced to 40 and 36 years in prison respectively over a thwarted Islamic Slate-inspired plot to bomb a plane in 2017.

Australian-Lebanese Khayat brothers were planning to hand a bomb disguised as a meat grinder to a third brother, Amer, as he was about to board an Etihad Airways jet from Sydney to Abu Dhabi. Continue Reading »

Israeli firm delivers defense system to protect US Army’s Abrams tank crews

The US and Israel worked together to integrate Rafael’s Trophy defense system for four tank brigades within both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps Abrams variants.

BY ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

The first Trophy active defense systems to shield US Army Abrams tanks from a variety of anti-armor threats has been delivered on time, Israeli defense giant Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced on Tuesday.

“The deliveries are the culmination of a multi-year qualification process,” Rafael said in a statement, adding that a “joint team of government and industry from both the US and Israel worked together to adapt and integrate Trophy for both Army and Marine Corps Abrams variants.” Continue Reading »

Obama’s betrayal of Israel during 2014 Gaza conflict takes ironic turn

While Iran was arming Hamas, the Obama Administration surprised its “greatest ally in the Middle East” by freezing delivery of US-made Hellfire missiles for IAF Apache helicopters during the 2014 conflict, so Israel remedied the betrayal by locally producing a more advanced missile, Rafael’s Spike, that the US Army is now testing for possible acquisition.

By David Israel

 

The US Army has been testing Rafael’s Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) anti-tank guided missile as a solution against the Russian surface-to-air missile systems, Defense News reported last week.

In the middle of the 2014 Gaza War, the Obama administration stopped deliveries of Hellfire missiles to the Israeli Air Force’s Apache helicopters, in an attempt to pressure the Israelis to stop their operation in Gaza. Continue Reading »

Israel & US: 3 successful Israeli missile intercepter tests above Alaska skies

WATCH: Israel’s Prime Minister calls jointly manufactured Arrow 3 ballistic interceptor system an unprecedented success, “beyond any imagination,” and issues a thinly-veiled warning to Iran, saying ‘Our enemies should know that we will overcome them.’

By News Agencies

 

Israel and the United States say they have successfully tested a jointly developed missile defense system in Alaska.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a weekly cabinet meeting Sunday that the Arrow 3 test was a success “beyond any imagination,” and warned the country’s enemies from the testing Israel’s military capabilities.

Arrow 3 test in Alaska – Photo: The Defense Ministry

Israel’s Arrow 3 – Photo: The Defense Ministry

Washington said last week that Iran appeared to have tested a medium-range ballistic missile that flew about 1,000 km (620 miles). Continue Reading »

PA autocrat Abbas: All signed agreements with Israel, terminated

With an impotent EU & UN and no tangible support from the international community,  Mahmoud Abbas announces conclusion of all Israel-Palestinian Authority agreements, including security coordination with the IDF, because of Israel’s demolition of Palestinian apartments near Jerusalem and “all the violations against our people.”

By i24NEWS

 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared Thursday that all signed agreements with Israel, including its ongoing security coordination in the West Bank, would be terminated over “all the violations against our people.”

“We announce the leadership’s decision to stop implementing the agreements signed with the Israeli side,” he said in a speech in the West Bank city of Ramallah, saying Palestinians would immediately form a committee to study how to carry out the decision. Continue Reading »

Pentagon distributes Patriot missiles throughout Mideast to counter Iran

Having received intel that Iran’s military is planning an attack against US targets in the Mideast, the Pentagon redeploys Patriot missile batteries, designed to intercept ballistic missiles, cruise missiles or advanced aircraft.

By The Associated Press

 

The US will move a Patriot missile battery into the Middle East to counter threats from Iran, the Pentagon said Friday, reflecting ongoing concerns that Tehran may be planning to attack America forces or interests in the region.

The Defense Department released a statement about the move but provided no details. An official said the decision comes after intelligence showed that the Iranians have loaded military equipment and missiles onto small boats controlled by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Continue Reading »

Mossad intel on Iran attack supported US deployment of carrier strike group

A senior Israeli official noted on Israel’s TV13 News that the info obtained by the Mossad was transferred to the Trump administration, and may have formed basis for the decision to bolster US forces, including the deployment of a carrier strike force.

By Elad Benari, Mordechai Sones

 

The United States is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East to send a clear message to Iran that any attack on US interests or its allies will be met with “unrelenting force,” US national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday, according to Reuters. Continue Reading »

Egyptian President el-Sisi confirms military cooperation with Israel against ISIS

In a yet-to-be-aired news program, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi  admitted the two countries were cooperating to eliminate ISIS militant jihadists operating in the Sinai peninsula, “We have a wide range of cooperation with the Israelis,” al Sisi said in the interview.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

Military cooperation between Egypt and Israel has reached unprecedented levels in the Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in an interview with CBS News.

When asked by CBS if this security cooperation with Israel was the closest ever between two countries that once were enemies, he said “That is correct…we have a wide range of cooperation with the Israelis.” Continue Reading »

US Navy informs officials Haifa docking may end when Chinese take over port

Retired American and Israeli defense & intelligence officials have raised security concerns over the upcoming Chinese management of the Port of Haifa beginning in 2021, as it might jeopardize U.S. Naval operations there.

By MICHAEL WILNER

 

WASHINGTON – The US Navy has acknowledged that its longstanding operations in Haifa may change once a Chinese firm takes over the civilian port in 2021, prompting Israel’s national security cabinet to revisit the arrangement, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

Haifa, the nation’s largest port city, regularly hosts joint US-Israeli naval drills and visits from American vessels. But a 2015 agreement between Israel’s Transportation Ministry and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) – a company in which the Chinese government has a majority stake – has raised intelligence and security concerns that are only now prompting an interagency review. Continue Reading »

Arab States ask Azerbaijan’s President how he balances ties with Israel

The Azerbaijani leader reveled to a visiting American Rabbi that officials from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan “are looking for his guidance on how to navigate being a Muslim country committed to Islam, and at the same time reaching out and supporting Israel.”

By HERB KEINON

 

Saudi, Pakistani, Afghani and Emirati officials are asking Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev about how to balance their identities as Muslim countries with a relationship with Israel, the Azerbaijani leader told an American rabbi on Monday.

Rabbi Marc Schneier , who met with Aliyev in Baku, said the Azerbaijani leader told him – without going into names – that officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Pakistan “are looking for his guidance on how to navigate being a Muslim country committed to Islam, and at the same time reaching out and supporting Israel.” Continue Reading »