Defense Digest - December 2007-January 2008

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship
IN THIS ISSUE DEC. 2007-JAN. 2008
1. Israeli-Developed Armored Vehicle Saves U.S. Lives in Iraq2. U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Vows to Stand by Israel Against Iran3. U.S. Special Forces Test Advanced Israeli Assault Rifle4. Targeting System Developed in Israel Reaches Operational Milestone5. U.S. Navy Purchases Advanced Israeli Fuel Tanks FPO photo

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1. Israeli-Developed Armored Vehicle Saves U.S. Lives in Iraq
As American forces are increasingly using Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles in Iraq, Israel is playing a growing role in supplying them with life-saving parts, USA Today reported. With much of the armor and ballistic glass coming from Israel, the cooperation between the United States and Israel in this field has provided life saving support to U.S. Armed Forces abroad. "There would have been a lot more damage," said one U.S. soldier riding an MRAP vehicle that ran over a roadside bomb. "I might have been killed. The MRAP saved my life."
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2. U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Vows to Stand by Israel Against Iran
Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), vowed that the United States will stand by Israel in facing the Iranian nuclear threat, The Jerusalem Post reported. Adm. Mullen's recent trip to Israel marked the first visit by the JCS to the Jewish state in over a decade. Adm. Mullen met with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and received briefings from other Israeli officials concerning various regional issues. Adm. Mullen and Defense Minister Barak specifically spoke about the importance of joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense projects.
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3. U.S. Special Forces Test Advanced Israeli Assault Rifle
U.S. Green Berets, Navy Seals and other elite military unites are currently testing an Israeli-developed assault rifle, The Jerusalem Post reported. The dual-caliber Micro-Tavor assault rifle, developed by the Israeli Defense Forces and Israeli Military Industry, is specially configured to be used in urban warfare, but also to have a range of more than 500 meters, due to its relatively long barrel. The rifle also can operate as both an assault rifle and a submachine gun, making it ideal for special forces that use different weapons.
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4. Targeting System Developed in Israel Reaches Operational Milestone
The LITENING Advanced Targeting Pod, an Israeli-developed targeting mechanism for aircrafts, reached an operational milestone recently of operational ability consistently above 95 percent, Prime Newswire reported. The system has over 765,000 operational hours, including over 370,000 combat hours. "The reliability that matters most to the war fighter is when the system is turned on and it works time and time again," said Mike Lennon, vice president of Targeting and Surveillance programs at Northrop Grumman's Defensive Systems Division.
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5. U.S. Navy Purchases Advanced Israeli Fuel Tanks
The United States Navy has purchased specially designed fuel tanks developed in Israel that aim to reduce possible damage that may occur during onboard aircraft carrier fires, Israel-Times.com reported. The contract with the Israel-based Elbit Systems subsidiary, Cyclone Aviation, is worth some $60 million. The fuel tanks will be installed on U.S. Navy F-18 fighter jets. Yoram Shmuely, co-general manager of airborne and helmet systems at Elbit Systems, said, "The US Navy's decision to select Cyclone's Fuel Tanks for the first time, via tender, reflects the trust and recognition we have established among leading customers worldwide."
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