1. U.S. Deploys Radar System to Israel
The U.S. recently deployed to Israel an early-warning radar system, the forward X-band radar, along with a 120-member support team, Ha’aretz reported. The new system has been put in place to provide Israel with a larger amount of radar coverage and reaction time to possible incoming missile launches. The radar system will be linked to Israel’s Arrow missile system, a cornerstone of the U.S.-Israel strategic relationship.
2. U.S. Sells Joint Strike Fighters to Israel
The U.S. has approved a proposed sale of 25 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Israel, Ha’aretz reported. In announcing the sale, the Pentagon stated that it is vital that Israel maintain “a strong and ready self-defense capability.” The proposed sale has an option for 50 more Joint Strike Fighters in the coming years.
3. U.S., Israeli Companies Develop Mortar Shell
U.S. and Israeli companies have come together to develop a GPS guided mortar shell, The Jerusalem Post reported. The so called “smart mortar,” a 120mm shell, would allow for much greater accuracy due to its GPS system that can hit targets within a three-meter radius. The new mortar shell emerged out of lessons learned during the Second Lebanon War.
4. Israeli System to be Used in U.S. Jets
The Israeli-developed Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) is set to go into 145 more F-15E Strike Eagles thanks to a new $17 million contract, the Aerospace & Defense Network reported. The JHMCS, which began development in 1996, provides the pilot with a “first look, first shot” capability, and is now used on a wide array of aircraft platforms. "The situational awareness capabilities afforded by JHMCS in the air-to-ground mission environment are necessities given today's battlespace, and providing a dual-seat capability is phenomenally important," said VSI President Drew Brugal.
5. U.S., Israeli-Developed Sensor Ordered for U.S.
6. Israel Receives U.S.-Developed Flight Trainer
A $120 million order has been placed for the LITENING Gen 4 Targeting Sensor Systems – which was jointly developed by the U.S. and Israel – to support the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Command, and the U.S. Marine Corps, Defense-Aerospace.com reported. “Our LITENING Gen 4 system will provide the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Command and Marines with the very latest and advanced technology in targeting and surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities that will ensure they stay on the cutting edge of sensor technology capabilities,'' said Mike Lennon, vice president of targeting and surveillance programs at Northrop Grumman's Defensive Systems Division.
The Israeli Air Force has received a U.S.-developed F-16I Flight and Systems Trainer (FST), DefenseTalk.com reported. The simulator will help train pilots for the IAF F-16I “Soufa” fighter and ground attack aircraft. "This training simulator will enable Israeli Air Force Pilots to enhance their skills using a realistic, high-fidelity and highly customizable system that is part of a total training package," said Colleen Arthur, director of fighter trainer programs at Lockheed Martin STS.