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US Marines defense prototype uses Israel’s Iron Dome interceptors

The USMC successfully tested its MRIC prototype that uses the IDF’s Iron Dome ‘Tamir’ interceptor and launcher.



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 »

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 »

Iran threatens missile barrage on Israel if attacked by U.S.

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.”

By i24NEWS


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 »

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 »

WATCH: US Army eyes Israel’s Trophy active protection system for M1A1 Abrams tanks

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.



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 »

IDF joins US European Command in joint missile defense exercise


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 »

U.S. paratroopers and IDF’s Egoz in week long training in Israel


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 »

Report: U.S. & Israel committed to help Jordan fight ISIS if attacked

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.



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.

Jordan military

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 »

US General suggests Israel defend Egypt & Jordan with anti-missile shield


American Defense Attaché to Israel made the proposal, and the head of Israel Missile Defense Organization was ‘open to the idea.’



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

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 »

Report: Iran threatens covert retaliation as US expanding Syrian attack plans


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.

By Ynet

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.

B-2 bomber

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 »

Pentagon Reports: U.S. military actions in Syria could run $1b a month

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 Pentagon has provided Congress with the first list of detailed options for military intervention in Syria, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

U.S. Navy photo shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis

This photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. – Photo: AP

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 »