Defense Digest - April 2014

Defense Digest
Defense Digest
April 2014

Gen. Martin Dempsey (center) traveled to Israel to discuss Iran’s threat to the region.

Dempsey: US, Israeli Views of Iran Threat More in Line

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said he believes that America and Israel’s views of Iran’s nuclear weapon capability are much closer than before, Bloomberg reported. In a recent trip to Israel, Dempsey met with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to discuss America’s capacity and political will to use military action against Iran if current negotiations fail. “Initially, the two clocks just weren’t spinning at the same rate. Our clocks are more harmonized than they were two years ago,” Dempsey said.

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Israel on Course for Joint Strike Fighter Wing Deliveries

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is scheduled to begin the delivery of wings for America’s F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in 2015, Janes.com reported. The new IAI facility that is producing the wings will be equipped to do so for all three types of the JSF. The IAI contract for this project is $2.5 billion and runs for 15 years.

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US, Israeli and Greek Navies Begin Annual Sea Drill

The navies of the United States, Israel and Greece began the multinational exercise Noble Dina in March in the Mediterranean Sea, according to a U.S. Navy press release. This is the fourth annual drill conducted by the three nations, and involves hundreds of military personnel deployed on advanced ships, aircraft and submarines. Noble Dina was designed to promote maritime safety and security in the region.

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Israel Launches Radar-Based Spy Satellite

Israel successfully launched the new Ofek 10 satellite on April 9, The Jerusalem Post reported. The satellite is able to receive a continuous picture of the Middle East. The satellite’s high resolution images look like an optical photo but are generated entirely by data collected from the radar.

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Israel Receives First Super Hercules Aircraft

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) received its first C-130J Super Hercules “Shimshon” aircraft from Lockheed Martin on April 9, Haaretz reported. Lockheed also opened an office in Be’er Sheva the same day. The C-130J is the most modern cargo aircraft in the IAF fleet, which had used the older C-130s since 1971.

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