1. Iron Dome Missile Defense System Aces Final Test Run
The Iron Dome short-range rocket and missile defense system has successfully completed its last round of testing, the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported. A pair of Iron Dome defense systems have already been manufactured, and will become operational this coming November. The United States has taken steps to provide $205 million for Israel to acquire more of these systems. Iron Dome uses small radar-guided missiles to blow up Katyusha-style rockets with ranges of between 3 miles and 45 miles, as well as mortar bombs, mid-air.
2. New Contract for Reactive Armor Awarded
The U.S. company General Dynamics has been awarded a $48 million contract for further acquisition of the Israeli-developed Bradley Reactive Armor Tiles, defenseworld.net reported. The reactive armor tiles bolt on to Bradley Fighting Vehicles and protect the troops inside from rocket-propelled grenades and other incoming rounds. On impact the tiles explode outward, protecting the soldiers inside. This new contract will provide for 12,180 Bradley Reactive Armor Tiles.
3. Israeli Company Gains Role in Upgrading F-15
An Israeli company has received part of a contract to rewire the F-15 fighter aircraft by the U.S. Air Force's Defense Supply Center Richmond, Globes reported. The deal is a five-year, $50 million contract that is part of an overall refurbishing of America’s F-15 fleet. "We are happy to collaborate with American companies on such an important project, which extends the life of the American Air Force's F-15 aircraft,” said IAI's LAHAV Division general manager Yossi Melamed.
4. Israel, U.S. Sign Deal to Upgrade Arrow Missile Shield
The United States and Israel have agreed to further their cooperation on Israel’s Arrow III ballistic missile defense system, which seeks to shoot down missiles at high altitudes, Reuters reported. The Arrow is jointly produced by Boeing and Israeli Aerospace Industries. The Arrow III will allow Israel "to deal with the threat of ballistic missiles with long range" and will give it "the ability to shoot down weapons of mass destruction outside the atmosphere," the Israeli Defense Ministry said in a statement.
5. State Dept: U.S.-Israel Security Ties Stronger Than Ever
Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro said earlier this month that the security relationship between the United States and Israel is “broader, deeper and more intense than ever before.” Speaking at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute, Shapiro said that the U.S. is "fully committed to Israel's security because it enhances our own national security and because it helps Israel to take the steps necessary for peace." Shapiro spoke about the strategic partnership between the United States and Israel, America's commitment to Israel's security, and the contributions Israel has made to the U.S. military. “Israeli-origin equipment deployed on Iraqi and Afghan battlefields are protecting American troops every day" he said.