Defense Digest - March 2008

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship
IN THIS ISSUE March 2008
1. U.S., Israel said set to launch anti-missile tests 2. Northrop Grumman Completes Successful Flight Testing of Latest LITENING 3. Israel's IAI plans advanced Arrrow missile tests 4. U.S. Learning from Israeli-Hizballah War 5. Israeli Pod Promises Low-Cost Alternative to Radar Upgrades FPO photo

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1. U.S., Israel said set to launch anti-missile tests
The United States and Israel are planning war games through 2010 to test joint ballistic-missile-defense capabilities, Reuters reports. Speaking before the House Armed Services Committee late last month, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Michael Vickers stated that the countries will undertake "an ambitious bilateral exercise program over the next two years that will realistically test our joint capability to address ballistic missile threats." Vickers also spoke about continued cooperation on other key U.S.-Israel missile defense programs, including "David's Sling."

2. Northrop Grumman Completes Successful Flight Testing of Latest LITENING
The latest version of the LITENING Advanced Targeting Pod, an Israeli-developed targeting mechanism for aircrafts, has completed successful flight testing, Northrop Grumman announced. The tests, held at the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Test Center in Tucson, Arizona, demonstrated a superior advanced targeting and surveillance capabilities. The new generation pod takes advantage of other new technologies that provide for great operational capability. Variants of the pod have been widely used, amassing more than 800,000 flight hours.

3. Israel's IAI plans advanced Arrrow missile tests
Plans are in the works to test the improved Arrow III anti-ballistic missile for the first time in the latter part of 2008, Flight International reports. The Arrow III is an improved version of the operational Arrow II system, which is the main ballistic missile shield currently protecting Israel. The new version of the system will be able to intercept longer-range missiles at higher altitudes. The Arrow anti-tactical ballistic missile program is the centerpiece of the U.S.-Israel cooperative defense relationship, and is one of the most advanced missile defense systems currently in existence.

4. U.S. Learning from Israeli-Hizballah War
The Pentagon is taking the lessons gleaned from a study of the 2006 Israeli-Hizballah war and applying them to its own combat strategy, USA Today reports. The study by the Center for Army Analysis stresses that terrorist group armed with high-tech equipment can fight a modern military force to a standstill. The study suggests using heavy armor, such as Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles; more body armor; and unmanned aircraft that can monitor enemy activity and fire missiles at enemy fighters.

5. Israeli Pod Promises Low-Cost Alternative to Radar Upgrades
The U.S. Air National Guard has successfully evaluated an Israeli-developed, low-cost alternative radar upgrade, Defense News reports. The Thunder Radar Pod (TRP) combines a synthetic aperture radar, ground moving targeting indication, and precision targeting capabilities in a single pod. The pod provides an alternative option for forces looking to modernize in all weather and night situations. "If you want to modernize your Air Force in a manner that allows it to work at night and in all weather, you basically have two options: buy new fighters or upgrade existing radars, said retired Brig. Gen. Dror Ben-David, former IAF director of operational requirements.
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