1. U.S. to Sell Israel Transport Aircraft
The United States and Israel have signed a deal to sell the Jewish state three C-130J “Super Hercules” tactical transport aircraft, Reuters reported. The aircraft can be used for special operations, humanitarian missions and disaster relief. While Israel has a fleet of older C-130 transports, the J version surpasses the previous models’ range, payload and speed by roughly 40 percent.
2. Israel Helps Develop UAV for U.S. Military
An Israeli company has partnered with a U.S. company to provide the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps with a small tactical unmanned aerial system, UAS Dynamics announced. The unmanned system known as STORM was recently tested successfully at the Yuma Proving Grounds. The STORM is a joint venture between General Dynamics and Elbit.
3. Military Aid to Israel Pays Dividends That Exceed Cost
In a Bloomberg op-ed, Rep. Steve Rothman (D-NJ) presents the case for how the military relationship with Israel benefits the United States. Rothman, a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittees on Defense and State-Foreign Operations, makes clear that the overwhelming amount of military aid to Israel is spent on American equipment, that the two countries’ research cooperation on joint projects is mutually beneficial, and that Israel serves as a key strategic ally in a dangerous neighborhood. “The U.S. is safer and made more secure because of the mutually dependent and beneficial relationship between the U.S. and Israel,” he writes.
4. Israel Unveils Tank-Defense System of the Future
The Israeli military is putting the final touches on the “Trophy” active defense system for its tanks, the Associated Press reported. The Trophy system, lodged behind small rectangular plates on both sides of the tank, uses radar to detect incoming projectiles and fires a small charge to intercept them. “The future of the United States army is riding on the proposition that something like this can work,” said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org. Rafael officials said the Trophy has passed more than 700 live tests, and already has been installed in some Israeli Merkava 4 tanks in a pilot project.
5. Israel Tests Interoperability of Missile-Defense Systems
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) recently tested several new missile defense systems to determine how they would work together to deal with a barrage of incoming missiles, Ha’aretz reported. Israel will be operating three new missile defense systems in the coming years: Iron Dome, David’s Sling and Arrow 3. All three will be operated by units of the IAF, which in the last year has been working to coordinate the functioning multi-layered missile defenses. "We tested the operability of our systems to handle every threat, from Qassam fire from Gaza to Fajr missiles fired from Lebanon, to the Iranian Shihab," said Lt. Col. Avi Cohen, who manages the IAF's Arrow program.