Defense Digest - May 2009

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship
IN THIS ISSUE MAY 2009
1. U.S. and Israel Conduct Successful Arrow II Test 2. U.S. Army Acquires More Reactive Armor Tiles to Protect Troops3. U.S. and Israel to Hold Large-Scale Missile Defense Drill4. U.S. Air Force Buys Additional Israeli-Developed Helmet Displays 5. U.S. Troops Participate In Test of X-Band Radar 6. Israeli-Developed Armor to Protect Troops in Afghanistan FPO photo

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1. U.S. and Israel Conduct Successful Arrow II Test
The United States and Israel recently conducted a successful test of the jointly produced Arrow II missile defense system, Boeing announced. The test, conducted by the Israeli Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, was the second successful intercept in two attempts, as well as its third successful flight test. The Arrow II is part of the Arrow Weapon System, which Israel and the United States have jointly developed to defend Israel against the growing threat of short- and medium-range ballistic missiles.
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2. U.S. Army Acquires More Reactive Armor Tiles to Protect Troops
The United States Army is acquiring more Israeli-developed reactive armor tiles to protect its Bradley Fighting Vehicles, General Dynamics announced. The reactive armor tiles, co-produced in Vermont and Haifa, are comprised of tiles that fasten to the exterior of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, allowing it to better withstand a direct hit from a variety of anti-armor munitions. This now widely used innovation has saved the lives of scores of U.S. troops in theater.
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3. U.S. and Israel to Hold Large-Scale Missile Defense Drill
The United States and Israel will once again hold their annual large scale joint missile defense drill known as Juniper Cobra, The Jerusalem Post reports.  The exercise will include the Arrow II, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, and the ship-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. "The Juniper Cobra exercise between EUCOM and the IDF will be the fifth and most complex exercise yet designed," said U.S. Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. General Patrick O’Reilly.
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4. U.S. Air Force Buys Additional Israeli Developed Helmet Displays
More then 550 additional Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS) have been ordered for the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, and U.S. Navy, Rockwell Collins announced. The JHMCS, developed in Israel, provides the pilot with increased situational awareness throughout the operational profile of the jet. "With the delivery of more than 3,000 systems, the JHMCS is the world's premier helmet display for fixed-wing tactical aircraft," says VSI President Drew Brugal.
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5. U.S. Troops Participate In Test of X-Band Radar
U.S. troops recently participated in a test of the X-Band radar, which was placed in Israel with the intent of giving the Jewish state early warning in the event of incoming missile launches, Stars and Stripes reported. According to a statement by the U.S. European Command (EUCOM), "The radar is considered to be one of the most powerful defensive systems available and its performance and the performance of everyone on the U.S. and Israel team are doing exceptionally well in promoting regional security and providing a useful deterrent to any attack."
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6. Israeli-Developed Armor to Protect Troops in Afghanistan
An Israeli military armor manufacturer will be deploying armor developed with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and Iraq on U.S. vehicles, Philadelphia’s Bulletin reported. Plans are underway to procure as many as 10,000 vehicles equipped with this armor. "The vehicles we delivered today meet the urgent need requirement for a well-armored vehicle that excels in moving our soldiers and Marines forward in Afghanistan’s harsh environments and dangerous operations," Oshkosh Vice President Andy Hove said.
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