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 »
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.
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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 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 »
U.S. State Dept and Pentagon approve extensive weapons deal, worth $1.9 billion to Israel in bid to allay concerns over Iran nuclear negotiations and the recent Gulf states’ military procurements.
By Ron Ben-Yishai & Yitzhak Benhorin
The US State Department approved a massive sale of bombs and missiles worth $1.897 billion, pending final congressional authorization. The procurement package includes bunker buster munitions and its timing suggests the Americans are seeking to alleviate Israeli concerns over the developing deal with Iran.
BLU-113 Super Penetrator – Photos Wikipedia Commons
The colossal weapons deal is believed to also be intended to prevent vocal opposition by Israel and its allies to the commitments made by President Barack Obama at Camp David to arming Gulf states.Continue Reading »
WSJ reported top Obama aides & officials split regarding Iranian deal as the Pentagon expedited work to create better weapon that could destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities if negotiations failed.
By Yitzhak Benhorin
WASHINGTON – The Wall Street Journal said on Friday that the Pentagon has been upgrading the biggest bunker-buster bomb in its arsenal as talks with Iran continued over Tehran’s nuclear program, readying a weapon that could destroy Iran’s facilities if negotiations failed.
Iran’s Qom facility – Photo: AP
Work to improve the design, guidance systems and anti-jamming capabilities on the so-called Massive Ordnance Penetrator began before the latest round of negotiations with Iran started.Continue Reading »
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Last month, the United States released documentation from 1987 of its assessment of Israel’s nuclear weapons capabilities at the time, required to do so by law after receiving a request filed under the Freedom of Information Act.
The 1987 Pentagon document, a “Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations,” details several technical components of Israel’s nuclear work. – Photo: Screenshot
The document, formally titled “Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations,” was written by Leading Technologies Incorporated for the Institute for Defense Analyses, and commissioned by the Department of Defense.
In another move to undermine Israel, US declassifies 1987 report on Israel’s top secret nuclear program.
By Ari Yashar, Matt Wanderman
In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.
Dimona nuclear reactor circa 1960s – Photo: National Security Archive
But by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel’s nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth.
Because of a Pentagon analysis past American administrations used to support Israel’s control of Judea-Samaria, out of security concerns, but Arab intransigent has eroded this administration’s resolve.
American Generals: Israel Should Keep ‘West Bank’ – Photo source: Israel Today
Following the war, then US Secretary of State Robert McNamara asked the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon for their expert opinion on how Washington should approach the issue of Israel’s land gains. Continue Reading »
The Pentagon will manufacture a pilot helmet for F-35 fighter jets co-developed by Elbit Systems, an Israeli company.
An F-35 Lightning II fighter jet. – Photo: Bloomberg News
The Pentagon’s F-35 program made the announcement late last week, saying it would stop development on a second helmet developed by a British company in order to focus exclusively on perfecting the Rockwell Collins Elbit Systems of America Vision Systems Generation 2, or Gen 2, helmet.
Israel’s Elbit Systems and US defense firm Rockwell Collins welcomed on Saturday a decision by the Pentagon to go wit their jointly developed helmet mounted display system (HMDS) and include it with all future F-35 fighter jets.
In a statement, Kelly Ortberg, Chief Executive Officer and President of Rockwell Collins, said that the decision “validates the significant achievement” by the development team that produced the helmet, which she said “provides unprecedented situational awareness capabilities in support of the F-35 program.”
“We’re looking forward to the continued development and production of the third generation F-35 HMDS, which will offer even greater capabilities while reducing overall cost for this critical program,” Ortberg added.
As with all Defense Dept projects, detailed specifications were made public so that contractors could place accurate bids on the $25 million construction project.
By Sheera Frenkel | McClatchy Foreign Staff
TEL AVIV, Israel — Israel’s military fumed Monday over the discovery that the U.S. government had revealed details of a top-secret Israeli military installation in published bid requests.
Experimental launch of the “Arrow 3” interception missile has been deemed a success, constituting a part of a series of advances and experiments to examine the capabilities of the important “Arrow” system. Photo courtesy IDF Spokesperson’s Office
The Obama administration had promised to build Israel a state-of-the-art facility to house a new ballistic-missile defense system, the Arrow 3.
Pentagon sources confirmed the United States has apologized for leaking information on Israel’s alleged attack in Syria several weeks ago which could have put Israeli lives in danger.
By David Lev
The United States has apologized for leaking information about Israel’s alleged attack on a convoy of weapons in Syria bound for Hizbullah terrorists several weeks ago. According to reports that appeared in the Jerusalem Post over the weekend, the “leak” about the U.S. leak came from an Israel Radio correspondent, who listed details of the leak, and the apology.
The tweet came from Israel Radio’s diplomatic correspondent Chico Menashe. Continue Reading »
The 30,000-pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator, has adjusted fuses to maximize its burrowing power, upgraded guidance systems to improve its precision & high-tech equipment to allow it to evade Iranian air defenses in order to reach & destroy the Fordo enrichment complex.
The Pentagon has redesigned its biggest “bunker buster” bomb with more advanced features intended to enable it to destroy Iran’s most heavily fortified and defended nuclear site, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, adding that American officials, showed Israeli military and civilian leaders secret Air Force video of an earlier version of the bomb hitting its target in high-altitude testing. Continue Reading »
Leaked Pentagon report on the F-35 reveals fatal fighter jet flaws, warning that it’s ‘Unacceptable for combat or combat training”.
Israel planed to buy 25 jets for $238 million each.
Fatal flaws within the cockpit of the US military’s most expensive fighter jet ever are causing further problems with the Pentagon’s dubious F-35 program, Israel’s future combat aircraft.
The F-35 – Photo: AFP
A new report from the Pentagon warns that any pilot that boards the pricey aircraft places himself in danger without even going into combat.
In a leaked memo reported by the RT news agency, a Pentagon official prefaces a report on the F-35 by cautioning that even training missions cannot be safely performed on board the aircraft at this time. Continue Reading »
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