1. Bush Signs Bill Funding U.S.-Israel Defense Cooperation
President Bush signed a defense funding bill that includes $450 million in cooperative projects with Israel, JTA reports. The funding includes additional $25 million for the co-production of the Arrow missile defense shield in the United States, $20 million to explore ways to extend the missile defense shield and $30 million for the short-range "David's Sling" program, which aims to block missiles traveling distances of more than 40 kilometers.
2. U.S. Navy Awards Joint Contract to American, Israeli Companies
The United States Navy has awarded a joint contract to Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and the U.S.-based BAE Systems to supply it with the Typhoon naval weapons system, YNet reports. The Typhoon is a remotely operated naval stabilized weapons system designed to combat ocean-based terror. The contract is worth $36 million and will supply 62 Typhoons by the end of 2009.
3. Pilots Receive Specialized UAV Training in Israel
Pilots from around the world have been converging at Israel's Elbit Systems headquarters in Haifa to receive training in remotely operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), Israel21c reports. In addition to the basic operators and maintenance certifications, the Elbit school offers more specialized training in air vehicle avionics, ground system electronics, and image exploitation and analysis.
4. Israeli Company Receives U.S. Contract for Rifle Grenade
The U.S. Army has awarded a contract to Rafael's Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. to develop the Simon (GREM) door breaching rifle grenade. The contract, worth some $52 million, will provide the U.S. Army with a lightweight, rifle launched grenade specially adapted to breach steel or wooden doors and that may be fired from a variety of rifles using regular bullets. The Simon (GREM) won the U.S. Army's Award of Excellence in 2005.
5. U.S. Showcases Israeli-Developed Targeting Technology
A Test and Evaluation Squadron of the U.S. Air Force has showcased how a video feed through the Israeli-developed LITENING targeting pod on a B-52 Stratofortress can be uploaded to a communications network. The video feed could be used for many battlefield and natural disaster scenarios in which the short-notice visual is a vital asset in the decision making process.