Tag Archive for Military cooperation

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.”

President Ilham Aliyev – Official website of President of Azerbaijan

Schneier quoted Aliyev as saying that he told the officials that it is possible to “do both, that you are not going to get punished – he used those words – that you can find the right balance, and that the fact that I am being asked about this is indicative of a certain movement of the Muslim world now toward Israel.”

Schneier said Aliyev did not provide specifics about the identity of the officials he was referring to. Continue Reading »

Photoessay: IDF Navy delegation participates in world’s largest naval exercise

The 2018 Rim of the Pacific Exercise was carried out by select naval units from 26 countries, in a massive maritime exercise in which the ‘enemy’ threatens a critical sea route, similar to a scenario where the Strait of Hormuz is being threatened by Iran.

By Yoav Zitun

 

For the very first time, an IDF Navy delegation took part in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. During the drill, which took place near Hawaii last month, Israeli officers joined the commanding team. The exercise included 25 participants from 26 countries, 47 warships, 200 fighter planes, and five submarines. Continue Reading »

Israel top contender to replace Bulgaria’s aging MiG-29s with IDF F-16s

In order to improve compliance with NATO standards, Bulgaria’s Parliament approved a plan to buy IDF F-16 jets in a $2 billion deal.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

Israel is in the running to replace Bulgaria’s aging MiG-29s after Sofia gave the green light to replace its Soviet-designed jets.

Bulgaria’s parliament approved the plan to buy the jets in June in order to improve its compliance with NATO standards – which it joined in 2004 – in a 3.5 billion leva (NIS 7.4 billion) military modernization project.

US Air Force hosts 2016 Red Flag exercise with the IAF flying F-16i at Nellis Air Base, Nevada.

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Israel Air Force set to sign $11 billion military aircraft deal with Boeing

Other than acquiring new refueling tanker, Chinook transport helicopters etc, new jet-fighters developed from the original F-15 will be a completely new edition with Israeli avionics and be known as the IA F-15 (an acronym for Israel Advanced) and would include improved features, including certain stealth capabilities.
• The deal is expected to be spread out over 10 years. Last Boeing deal was 20 years ago.

By Yoav Limor

 

Israel is considering the purchase of new F-15 fighter jets for its air force as part of the largest defense deal in Israel’s history.

The deal with aircraft manufacturer Boeing, worth a combined $11 billion, is likely to include three main components: A fleet of fighter jets, a fleet of transport helicopters and aerial refueling tankers. Continue Reading »

Sold! US Army to protect tanks, armored vehicles with Israeli counter-measures

The Israel-developed TROPHY defense system that protects IDF tanks and other battlefield vehicles from hostile missiles & rockets was just procured by the US army for immediate integration on its Abrams tanks.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and DRS LEONARDO announced the signing of an agreement to sell the TROPHY missile defense system to the American military. The agreement is worth $193 million in its initial stage.

The Trophy active missile defense system, developed by Rafael, is designed to protect tanks and other armored vehicles from missiles, rockets, and other projectiles. The system consists of a radar detection system that identifies the launch of hostile projectiles their trajectories, and launchers that fire metal pellets which are similar to shotgun rounds. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Refael signs Iron Dome collaboration agreement with Romania

A multi-million dollar deal has been concluded between the Israeli defense systems manufacturer Refael, producer of the Iron Dome,  and Romania’s defense contractor Romaero, in Refael’s first collaboration with an EU state.

By Yoav Stoler

 

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems signed Wednesday an agreement for local production of domestic air defense systems and ground systems with the Romanian company Romaero.

As part of the deal, Romaero will acquire the know-how and license for the production of air defense systems, including the Iron Dome, the naval iron dome, “Samson” model remote controlled weapons positions and precision “Spike” tactical missiles (also known as Gil). Continue Reading »

U.S. & Israeli ground forces begin new phase in joint #JuniperCobra2018 drill

Now that Israeli & American aerial defense forces completed their joint training as part of the 2018 Juniper Cobra exercise, more than 1,000 U.S. Marines and Israeli paratroopers join in urban warfare scenarios. – Watch Video
– Marine battalion commander, ‘This increases our already rock solid relationship with Israel.’

By Yoav Zitun

 

More than one thousand United States Marines and Israeli paratroopers have recently been training in Israel’s southern region’s Tze’elim base, as part of the massive joint 2018 Juniper Cobra exercise held this month.

With the air defense’s parts of the exercise already complete, the two armies have now moved to ground operations. Continue Reading »

IDF, US troops utilize 4-tiered missile systems in joint defense exercise in Israel

In the largest joint Israel, US air & missile defense exercise, 5,000 troops prepare to face multi-front rocket, missile attacks utilizing the Arrow 3, Iron Dome, David’s Sling and Patriot missile systems.

By Yoav Zitun, AP

 

Some 5,000 IDF and American troops have been training together in Israel against the threat of massive missile and rocket barrages on Israel coming from Lebanon, Syria, the Gaza Strip and even Iran in a future Middle East war.

An IDF Juniper-Cobra 2018 [joint US-Israel military exercise] shoulder patch – Photo: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel

The joint US-Israel Juniper Cobra exercise, which has been taking place every two years since the early 2000s, includes field training, computer simulations and live-fire drills of sophisticated missile-defense systems.This year’s exercise, which began on March 4 and will run through the end of the month, is the largest one yet, 2,500 service members participating from each country. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Cancelled $500 million missile deal with India still tenable

Just prior to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming five day visit, meant to be spent with Indian PM Narendra Modi for much of the visit, the Hindustan Times reported that the Indian Army insists on the deal being completed.

By HERB KEINON

 

A $500 million Indian purchase of 8,000 Spike antitank missiles from Israel that New Delhi canceled last week, just days before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming trip to India, may still come about through a different channel, Indian media outlets reported.

According to the Hindustan Times, the Indian military is very keen on purchasing the missile from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. Continue Reading »

Congress uses ‘war-time’ discretionary funds to pass Israeli missile defense program

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.

By MICHAEL WILNER

 

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 »

IDF’s most elite units host Indian special forces in joint training exercises

While a contingent from the Indian Air Force were participating in the Blue Flag exercise, 16 visiting Indian commandos, part of their 45-man delegation, were training with the Israeli Air Force’s elite Shaldag unit and Unit 669, the Airborne Combat, Search & Rescue Unit.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

A contingent of Indian Garud commandos are in Israel taking part in exercises with elite Israeli special forces as part of the Blue Flag aerial drill.

“The roles of the commandos of the two nations are similar. We carry out what others cannot do,” wing commander K. Baharat told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.
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Australia upgrades military with Israel’s Trophy Defense System, Iron Dome, Spike Missiles

In the Australian Army’s plan to upgrade their armed vehicles with the latest defense systems, Israel’s defense giant Rafael has begun talks on opening factories in Australia to help provide those military needs.

BY ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

As Australia overhauls its LAND 400 armored vehicles program, Israeli defense giant Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is in the running to provide its Trophy Active Protection System and SPIKE missiles to the land Down Under in deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

In order to meet the anticipated demand, Rafael will be opening a local company in Australia to jointly produce the SPIKE missiles with Australia’s Varley and will be purchasing metal for various system from Australia’s Bisalloy Steel Group, the company announced on Monday. Continue Reading »

VIDEO: Israel and Australia sign significant defense agreement

Watch Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull speak of the 100th anniversary of Battle for Be’ersheva, and the present day “common threats,” including Islamist terrorism that both Israel and Australia need to fight together.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull presided over the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on defense between the two nations Monday.

Prime Minister Turnbull is in Israel to participate in a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle for Be’ersheva, which was liberated by British and Australian forces on October 31, 1917.

Netanyahu told his Australian counterpart that Israelis admired Australia because it has “taken part in virtually all the battles for freedom in the last 100 years.”

Turnbull and Netanyahu both spoke of their country’s shared values. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system showcased at annual US military gathering

Pentagon showing increasing interest in purchasing Israel’s Iron Dome, which was developed in collaboration with the US’s Raytheon Company, and currently on display at the 3-day Association of the US Army convention.

By Udi Etsion

 

The Iron Dome missile defense system has been installed in Washington DC as part of a presentation during the annual meeting of the Association of the US Army (AUSA) showcasing the latest radar technology and operational launchers.

‘Iron Dome’ Aerial Defense System – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/Facebook

The three-day meeting, which opened on Monday, is designed to deliver the Army’s message by highlighting the capabilities of its organizations and presenting a wide range of industry products and services. Continue Reading »

Mammoth US helicopter carrier docks at Eilat port

As part of the US’s re-deployment of its military in the region, the USS Bonhomme Richard docks for the first time at the Israeli port, with its flight-deck loaded with Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey and AV-8B Harriers “to work together with our partners.”

By Itay Blumenthal

 

An American aircraft carrier docked at the Eilat port on Thursday morning after two months of sailing at sea.

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) – Photo- U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist seaman Vance Hand

The arrival of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) in the area is part of the US’s re-deployment of its military in the region. Continue Reading »