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.” Continue Reading »
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 »
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 »
Pentagon gives green light for the installation of Israel’s Trophy active-protection system on selective US Army’s M1A2 Abrams tanks, making it the first military force other than the IDF to use this technology.
– Watch video of Trophy demonstration.
The US Army has approved the installation of Israel’s Trophy active-protection system on a number of its M1A2 Abrams tanks, making it the first army aside from the IDF to use the system.
The Pentagon said Thursday the decision was made following “an urgent material” request.
Designed to detect and neutralize incoming projectiles, the Trophy system has four radar antennae and fire-control radars to track incoming threats such as anti-tank guided missiles and rocket-propelled grenades. Continue Reading »
In a deal valued at tens of millions of Euros, Israel Shipyards is building a technologically advanced naval ship that will be delivered to Cyprus by the end of 2017.
By Israel Hayom Staff
Israel Shipyards has unveiled an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) designed and built for the Cypriot Navy. The project has been valued at tens of millions of Euros. The high-end vessel is slated to be delivered to the Cypriot Navy by the end of the year and integrated into the fleet patrolling Cyprus’ exclusive maritime economic zone.
In a statement released on Sunday, Israel Shipyards said the OPV, ordered in December 2015, was launched at a ceremony held last week at Israel Shipyards’ facility at Haifa Bay. Continue Reading »
After years of military collaboration & the strategic commitment between Israel and the United States, the first permanent US military base on Israeli soil has been established in Israel. • IDF also announced the formation of a 2nd Iron Dome battalion.
By Lilach Shoval
The U.S. Army on Monday dedicated a new military base inside the Israeli Air Force’s Aerial Defense School base near Kibbutz Mashabei Sade in the Negev.
IAF + USAF fly in formation over the Dead Sea, in southern Israel. – IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The base will serve dozens of U.S. Army personnel serving in Israel and is the first permanent American base on Israeli soil. Continue Reading »
After years of testing Israel’s Trophy active protection system, the US Army is close to giving the green light to having it installed on the M1A1 Abrams tank.
Trophy LV By Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for all combat vehicles. – YouTube
The US Army would then be the first army outside the IDF to use the system.
Maj.-Gen. David Bassett, who is in charge of the US Army’s programs in the area of ground combat systems, was quoted by the DefenseTech website as saying that he plans to make the decision on the system as soon as possible. Continue Reading »
Poland set to sign papers for US Patriot defense system but will produce the superior performance “Magic Wand” by Israeli manufacturer, Rafael, at a cost of $7.6 billion, 10% of the price of its American competitor.
The United States has agreed to sell the Patriot missile defense system to Poland, Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz announced on Thursday. The Ynet news site reports that Poland insisted that the system by configured to use the Israeli missile marketed globally under the name “Skyceptor,” due to its superior performance at only 10% of the cost of the American Patriot missile.
“A memorandum was signed tonight that the US government has agreed to sell Poland Patriot missiles in the most modern configuration,” Macierewicz said in a press conference, according to the Reuters news agency. Continue Reading »
Stepping away from ‘diplomatic protocol’, the Indian leader will not travel to Ramallah to engage the Palestinians, instead will spend his 3 days with PM Netanyahu to advance India’s “wide ranging partnership with Israel, from agriculture cooperation to homeland security.”
By Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff
Narendra Modi is scheduled to make the first visit to Israel by an Indian prime minister later this week, in a public embrace of a country that he has long admired for its military and technical expertise but which his predecessors kept at arm’s length.
India has traditionally trodden a careful diplomatic line in the region, analysts say, wary of upsetting Arab states and Iran — upon whom it relies for its vast imports of oil — and its large Muslim minority. Continue Reading »
Germany’s daily Der Spiegel reported Germany’s national security council has approved a deal to sell Jerusalem three additional nuclear-capable submarines for the IDF, despite accusations of wrongdoing in deal leveled against Israeli PM’s personal attorney.
Germany’s national security council has approved a deal to sell three further nuclear-capable submarines to Israel, magazine Der Spiegel reported on Friday, the latest act in a defense deal that has been overshadowed by corruption allegations.
The $1.5 billion transaction came to public attention when it emerged that shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems’ Israeli intermediary had retained Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal lawyer David Shimron to act on his behalf. Continue Reading »
In a new strategy that may end Syrian unrest, senior Russian parliamentarians meet with the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee members in Jerusalem, seeking closer cooperation based on Israeli influence inside Syria.
Russia wants to increase cooperation with Israel regarding Syria, and would like Jerusalem to use any influence it has to get opposition groups there to lay down arms and enter negotiations, Konstantin Kosachev, a senior Russian parliamentarian, told The Jerusalem Post.
Viktor Ozerov – Photo (L): Profimedia and Konstantin Kosachev – Photo (R): Medija centar Beograd
Kosachev, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s parliament, was in the country on Tuesday and Wednesday with Viktor Ozerov, the chairman of the Federation Council’s Defense and Security Committee, for meetings with the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Continue Reading »
WATCH: The first of its kind and one of the largest exercises by Israeli commandos held on foreign territory, it involved close to 500 combat soldiers from the Egoz special forces unit as well as 3 Super Hercules transport planes and 10 Black Hawk helicopters.
Israeli commandos wrapped up a large scale drill in Cyprus on Thursday, returning to Israel after an intensive three-day drill on the island nation.
500 combat soldiers from the Egoz special forces unit during-a-large scale drill in Cyprus June 2017 – IDF Spokespersons-Unit
The advanced drill involved close to 500 combat soldiers from the Egoz special forces unit as well as Super Hercules transport planes, 10 Black Hawk helicopters, and around 100 Cypriots. 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.
“I will no longer accept second-hand military equipment” [from the US], said Philippine President Duterte, whose defense budget allocates $500 million for the acquisition of new weapons & military equipment this year.
MANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte promised on Friday to buy brand-new military equipment to fight twin Maoist and Muslim rebellions, and no longer accept second-hand weapons from the United States.
President Duterte delivering his first State of the Nation Address – Photo: Ace Morandante/Wikimedia
The Philippine budget allocates more than 100 billion pesos ($2 billion) to modernize the military’s equipment under a five-year plan, spending 25 billion pesos this year on acquisitions from Israel and South Korea. Continue Reading »
Israel Aerospace Industries signed a new deal this week, designed to equip 4 Indian Naval ships with the Barak 8 missile defense system, which is in addition to the $2 billion contract the IAI inked with India in April, the largest arms deal in the history of Israel’s defense industries.
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