Defense Digest - June 2009

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A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship
IN THIS ISSUE JUNE 2009
1. Breakthrough GPS Guided Mortar Demonstrates Capability 2. Legacy U.S.-Israel Military Program Reaches Milestone3. U.S. and Israeli Air Forces Strengthen Cooperation4. U.S. Air Force Pilots to Receive Israeli-Developed Helmet Displays5. Israeli System Helps America’s War on Drugs 6. Israeli Aircraft Systems Featured at Paris Expo FPO photo

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1. Breakthrough GPS Guided Mortar Demonstrates Capability
U.S. and Israeli industries have come together to develop a 120mm GPS guided mortar round for the U.S. warfighter, Raytheon Company reports. A recent test successfully demonstrated its capability to precisely hit short- and long-range targets within 10 meters. The mortar is jointly developed by Raytheon and Israel Military Industries. A Raytheon official in charge of the program, Bill Patterson, said that the program has “demonstrated a high level of maturity, and we are ready to put it in production and get it to the soldiers in the field immediately.”
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2. Legacy U.S.-Israel Military Program Reaches Milestone
The Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), jointly developed by U.S. and Israeli companies, has now reached more than 75,000 flight hours, of which 50,000 have been flown in combat, Northrop Grumman Corporation reports. First acquired by the United States Army in 1996, the Hunter UAS was developed by Northrop Grumman and Israeli Aerospace Industries. “Not only is Hunter a workhorse for the Army, but it’s also a proven combat multiplier that continues to provide our warfighters with actionable intelligence,” said Dave Werkheiser, vice president and general manager of the Life Cycle Optimization and Engineering Group for Northrop Grumman’s Technical Services sector.
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3. U.S. and Israeli Air Forces Strengthen Cooperation
The commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), General Roger Brady, and the commander of the Israeli Air Force (IAF), Major General Ido Nehushtan, recently met to review ways to strengthen cooperation between the two air forces, Defense News reports. “USAFE maintains a healthy Air Force-to-Air Force relationship with our Israeli ally [and] both countries benefit greatly from our interactions,” said Susan Strednansky, director of USAFE public affairs.
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4. U.S. Air Force Pilots to Receive Israeli-Developed Helmet Displays
The U.S. company Rockwell Collins awarded a contract worth $54 million to the Israeli company Elbit Systems for the development of 52 future generation Helmet Mounted Displays (HMD) and 30 additional aircraft systems, Reuters reports. The HMDs will be used by U.S. pilots in F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to enhance situational awareness during combat.
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5. Israeli System Helps America’s War on Drugs
The U.S. Defense Department’s Southern Command successfully evaluated the Israeli-developed Heron Unmanned Aerial System off the Salvadoran coast as a successful tool in combating drug trafficking, Time reports. “This was a historic first, using a UAV for maritime counter-drug operations in a real-world setting, with actual targets,” said Navy Commander Kevin Quarderer of Southcom's Innovation Program.
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6. Israeli Aircraft Systems Featured at Paris Expo
A wide array of Israeli aircraft platforms were presented at the 48th annual Paris Air Show, The Jerusalem Post reports. Everything from hovercraft to unmanned helicopters where showcased at the Israeli national pavilion. The Paris Air Show is meant to be an international stage for companies from around the world to come together and unveil new advances in technology. Twelve companies from Israel participated in the show.
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