The USMC successfully tested its MRIC prototype that uses the IDF’s Iron Dome ‘Tamir’ interceptor and launcher.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
The US Marine Corps carried out a series of tests using its Medium-Range Intercept Capability (MRIC) prototype with components from Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
US air defense system with components from Israel’s Iron Dome. – Photo courtesy: ISRAEL’S DEFENSE MINISTRY
The MRIC uses the Corps’ Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) and Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) and incorporates the Iron Dome’s Tamir interceptor and launcher “to create an air defense system tailored to existing USMC assets and expeditionary requirements,” read a statement by Israel’s Defense Ministry. Continue Reading »
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 »
Israeli Minister Yuval Steinitz warns of Iranian strike on the Jewish State as tensions rise between Washington and Tehran, “Things are heating up. I wouldn’t rule anything out. Iran may fire rockets at Israel.”
A senior Iranian official on Sunday dismissed the United States military buildup in the region, saying that the US wouldn’t dare attack out of fear of Iranian retribution against Israel.
“The US military forces’ deployment in the Persian Gulf is more of the nature of psychological warfare. They are not ready for a war, specially when Israel is within our range,” the Iranian Parliament vice-speaker Ali Motahhari said on Sunday, according to the FARS news agency. Continue Reading »
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 »
Should the US Army decide to acquire the added defensive technology, they will be the first army outside the IDF to install the battle-tested, ‘Trophy’ active protection system.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
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 »
Juniper Cobra, a joint exercise which takes place every other year, enhances the interoperability between the IDF & U.S. European Command designed to improve integrated defensive capabilities.
By Alexander J. Apfel /TPS
The IDF and the United States European Command (US EUCOM) began their eighth ballistic missile defense exercise on Sunday.
Joint US-Israeli exercise – Photo: TPS
The joint exercise, known as Juniper Cobra, has taken place every two years since 2001. Its primary purpose is to enhance interoperability between the two militaries and improve joint defensive capabilities. The drills are not undertaken in preparation for any specific or potential scenario. Continue Reading »
In a week-long training exercise held in Israel this week, 173 American paratroopers & hundreds of IDF soldiers from the elite Egoz unit participated in joint invasion drills & getting to know one another.
By Yoav Zitun
This week marked the end of a large scale joint infantry training exercise between the IDF and US military: The Israeli participants included hundreds of warriors from the Egoz guerilla warfare unit in the Golani Brigade, while the Americans sent 173 paratroops from the US European Command.
The US troops – Photo: IDF Spokesperson
The forces trained together for more than a week, shoulder to shoulder, in various scenarios which drilled the troops’ basic skills. Continue Reading »
US officials reported as saying Jordan could ask Jerusalem and the U.S. for assistance if the Islamist insurgents pursue a military assault on the Hashemite Kingdom.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Israel and the US may be prepared to aid Jordan as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) eyes the Jewish state’s eastern neighbor, The Daily Beast on Saturday quoted US officials as saying.
Jordanian special forces stage anti-terrorism drill in Amman. – Photo: REUTERS
US officials speaking on condition of anonymity have speculated that if ISIS were to pursue a full-on assault on Jordan, Amman might not be able to repel the Islamists. Continue Reading »
TEL AVIV – A US general proposed on Monday that Israel upgrade its anti-missile systems to include neighbouring Jordan and possibly Egypt, and an Israeli official cautiously welcomed the idea.
MAJ. ITAMAR ABU (right) commands TA Iron Dome – Photo: IDF Spokesman
The two Arab countries that have full peace treaties with the Jewish state share some of its concern regarding the disputed nuclear program of Iran and the civil war wracking Syria – both states with long-range missile arsenals. Continue Reading »
ABC News reports US attack on Syria to last 48-hours & include stealth B-2 bombers.
WSJ reports U.S. intercepted Iranian communique to Iraqi terrorists calling on them to attack US facilities in case of attack.
Meanwhile, U.S. Sec of St John Kerry attempts to revive int’l peace conference.
US media outlets including CNN, ABC and The New York Times have reported Fiday that the potential US strike on Syria could be larger than previously anticipated.
The possible US led air campaign could be two-days long and include long-range B-2 and B-52 stealth bombers which would takeoff from the US and fire guided missiles from beyond the range of Syria anti-air defense systems, Jonathan Karl of ABC News, who is traveling with President Barack Obama to Russia, reported. Continue Reading »
NYT Reports: General Dempsey in a letter to Congress warns that the decision to use force in military options against Assad, ‘is no less than an act of war’.
The scenarios were presented in a letter by chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, and enumerate that strikes on Syrian military targets will costs billions of dollars. Continue Reading »