1. IDF, U.S. Army Coordinate Medical-Military R&D
The IDF Medical Corps and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command recently held a joint meeting in Israel to examine how they can coordinate their research and development efforts, The Jerusalem Post reported. Some 70 U.S. officers participated in the meetings. The IDF is hoping this coordination will lead to funding for such projects as freeze-dried blood technology, which would enable soldiers to carry a unit of their blood onto the battlefield. The groups also looked at ways to address the challenge of post-traumatic stress disorder.
2. General Dynamics to Develop Personnel Carrier for IDF
General Dynamics will soon begin production of the Namer armored personnel carrier for the Israel Defense Forces, The Jerusalem Post reported. The Namer, to be produced in the United States, is aimed at increasing the survivability of Israeli military forces. Under the contract awarded to General Dynamics, the company is set to manufacture some 600 units.
3. U.S., Israel Conclude Four-Day Juniper Falcon Exercise
The United States and Israel recently concluded a four-day simulation exercise called Juniper Falcon, which tested the level of coordination between the two militaries in the event of future conflicts, The Jerusalem Post reported. The exercise is one of many that are conducted on a regular basis between the two allies. IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi said the exercise “emphasizes the deep, intimate relations between us and the United States when facing mutual enemies.”
4. Rafael Marks Sale of the 1000th Litening Pod
The Israeli defense company Rafael recently marked the sale of the 1000th Litening Pod, the company announced. Procured by 26 countries, including the United States, it is one of the world's leading and most widely used electro-optic targeting and navigation pod. Used by combat aircraft, Litening provides easy to operate, reliable, day and night precision strike capability in adverse weather conditions.
5. Israeli Company Awarded Contract to Upgrade Attack Helicopters
Elbit Systems of America, a subsidiary of the Israeli company Elbit Systems Ltd., has been awarded a $45.5M contract for the Night Targeting System Upgrade for United States Marine Corps AH-1W Cobra Helicopters. The upgrade will improve the optics provided to the warfighter, significant increasing the soldiers' ability to detect, recognize, identify and prosecute targets at stand-off ranges in all weather and lighting conditions.