Defense Digest - June 2012

AIPAC's Defense Digest
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship
IN THIS ISSUE JUNE 2012
1. Panetta, Peres Meet at Pentagon 
2. Largest Cooperative Military Drill Confirmed for October
3. Obama Announces $70 Million for Iron Dome
4. Israeli Defense Company Unveils Innovative Missile
5. Israeli Defense Prize Awarded to Iron Dome
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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta met with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Washington. Read more...

 

 

1. Panetta, Peres Meet at Pentagon

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta hosted Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Pentagon for talks on strategic military cooperation, The Jerusalem Post reported. Such cooperation between the two allies is “stronger than ever, stable and ongoing,” Panetta said. Peres, who was in Washington to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, also met with Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff General Martin Dempsey and used the opportunity to praise U.S. efforts to enact sanctions on Iran.

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2. Largest Cooperative Military Drill Confirmed for October 
The largest-ever joint missile defense drill between the United States and Israel has been confirmed for October, The Times of Israel reported. Lt.-Gen. Craig A. Franklin, the commander of the 3rd Air Force, recently visited Israel to establish a planning committee with his Israeli counterparts in order to coordinate the details of the scheduled exercise. The drill will be an opportunity for Israel to test its upgraded Arrow 2 Missile Defense System and for America to test and deploy the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System and PAC-3 Patriot air defense platforms.

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3. Boeing’s F-15 Added to Israel’s Mission Training Center
Elbit Systems, an Israeli defense company, has been awarded a contract to integrate synthetic training devices for the Boeing F-15 at the Israeli Air Force’s mission training center, Flight Global reported. The mission training center already operates the Lockheed Martin F-16, and this improvement will allow the Israeli Air Force to conduct joint training missions and formations with both aircraft types. Pilots will also be able to train in more realistic mission scenarios.

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4. Israeli Defense Company Unveils Innovative Missile  
Israeli defense company Rafael is set to unveil a new family of electro-optic guided missiles, Israel Defense reported. Known as the world’s smallest personal missile, the Mini-Spike has the capability to hit targets that are inside shelters or trenches. The missile and canister combined weigh less than nine pounds and is designed for a soldier to be able to carry the launch, control system and two additional missiles.
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5. Israeli Defense Prize Awarded to Iron Dome    
The Iron Dome anti-rocket system, which has received procurement funding from the United States, has been awarded the 2012 Defense Prize, UPI reported. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak awarded the prize to eight engineers who helped develop the system’s command-control center. The Iron Dome has intercepted more than 100 rockets in the past year. The U.S. proposal to provide Israel an additional $70 million this year will help secure additional necessary batteries.
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AIPAC's Defense Digest is a monthly summary of key articles highlighting the cooperative defense programs central to the strong and mutually beneficial strategic relationship between the United States and Israel. For more information on these issues, please contact AIPAC's defense team at defenseteam@aipac.org.