Defense Digest - October 2012

AIPAC's Defense Digest
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship
IN THIS ISSUE OCTOBER 2012
1. Iron Dome Successfully Intercepts Rockets 
2. U.S, Israel Hold Joint Missile Defense Drill
3. Raytheon and Israeli Company Rafael Sign Cooperation Agreement
4. Israeli Bandage to be Produced in U.S. 
5. Israeli Defense Subsidiary Wins U.S. Award
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Israeli Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, right, and U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey consult on military cooperation. Read more...

 

 

1. Iron Dome Successfully Intercepts Rockets

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system successfully intercepted seven missiles that were projected to hit the Israeli town of Ashkelon during a recent escalation in rocket fire, YNet reported. Despite a barrage of rocket fire from Gaza during a two-day period, no one was killed in large part to the effectiveness of the Iron Dome. The United States has provided procurement assistance for the Iron Dome in two separate aid packages.

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2. U.S, Israel Hold Joint Missile Defense Drill 
Austere Challenge 12, the largest missile defense drill ever between the United States and Israel, began this month in Israel, the Department of Defense announced. The missile defense drill is scheduled to last about three weeks and has brought more than 3,500 American services members to train alongside more than 1,000 of their Israeli counterparts. The drill, which primarily involves simulations athough there is also training with live fire, includes tests of several U.S. and Israeli defense platforms, including the cooperatively developed Arrow system and David’s Sling.

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3. Raytheon and Israeli Company Rafael Sign Cooperation Agreement
Raytheon has signed a cooperative agreement with Israeli defense company Rafael to market the Israeli made Sparrow series of targets to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and other countries, Flight Global reported. The Sparrow has mid-air pointing capabilities and can simulate the deployment of large scale chemical warheads by a ballistic missile. The United States will evaluate the use of these targeting systems for future intercept tests, sources in the report conclude. A new Sparrow design is currently in development in Israel to test the performance of the Arrow-3 interceptor.

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4. Israeli Bandage to be Produced in U.S.   
Kandu Inc., a non-profit organization based in Michigan that employs people with disabilities, has been awarded a contract with Houston-based medical supplier PerSys Medical to produce 1.2 million units of a special Israeli bandage for the U.S. Army, Michigan Live reported. All U.S. soldiers will receive the Israeli bandage in their first aid kit and it will be available to field medics. “Eight out of ten who die from bleeding wounds can be saved by the bandage,” PerSys Medical CEO Ofer Molad said, noting that the Israeli bandage was used on the scene to help save the life of then-Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) after her near-fatal shooting in Arizona in 2011.
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5. Israeli Defense Subsidiary Wins U.S. Award    
Raytheon has awarded the Elbit Systems of America’s Merrimack, New Hampshire, facility with a 2012 3-Star Supplier Excellence Award, Elbit announced. Elbit is an Israeli defense company with subsidiaries in the United States. The honor was awarded to Elbit based on its strong commitment to customer service, maintaining high quality standards, and on-time delivery. "We understand our products play a vital role in our military's strategic missions and strive to produce high quality products with on-time delivery," said Raanan Horowitz, president and CEO of Elbit Systems of America.
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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.