1. House of Representatives Overwhelmingly Supports Iron Dome
By a 410-4 margin, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted in favor of the United States-Israel Rocket and Missile Defense Cooperation and Support Act (H.R. 5327), which supports President Obama’s request of $205 million for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, YNet reported. "With nearly every square inch of Israel at risk from rocket and missile attacks, we must ensure that our most important ally in the region has the tools to defend itself," said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA).
2. Israel Completes Upgrade of PAC Missile Defense
The IDF has completed the deployment of its enhanced PAC-2 missile defense system, the World Tribune reported. According to the report, there are now 10 batteries of the PAC Guided Enhanced Missile System, which marks a major upgrade to the Patriot capabilities. The upgrade stems from a $100 million contract awarded by the U.S. Defense Department to Raytheon in 2007, which upgrades, refurbishes and modernizes the older missiles.
3. Meet the Head of Arrow 3 Missile Development
For the past three years, Inbal Kreis, a mother of three, has led Israel’s Arrow 3 upper-tier missile defense system, The Jerusalem Post reported in a profile. “There are many women in the field who lead development groups and hold other positions. It’s not difficult to be a woman in this industry; it’s a non-issue for me,” Kreis said. The cooperative program between the United States and Israel aims to provide the Israelis with a solution to defend against the Iranian threat and supply the United States with important data and research. “Our cooperation involves shared training and shared budgets and we have a firm connection with the Americans on this issue,” Kreis said.
4. U.S. Army Buys Israeli Mortar Fire Control Systems
The U.S. Army has awarded a $197.5 million contract to an Israeli subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, for a mortar fire control system, DefenseWorld.net reported. The system, which is vehicle mounted, will provide the U.S. Army with increased accuracy in mortar firing during combat operations.
5. U.S. Navy Buys Additional Israeli Targeting Systems
The U.S. Navy has ordered $80 million worth of the Israeli-developed Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS), DefenseWorld.net reported. First used in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the multi-role JHMCS gives flight crew members the ability to rapidly acquire and designate a target simply by looking at it. "With the delivery of more than 3,500 systems, JHMCS continues to be the world's premier helmet display for fixed-wing tactical aircraft," said VSI President Drew Brugal.