Defense Digest - April 2008

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship
1. Israel Supplies U.S. Marines with Life-Saving Armor2. Joint U.S.-Israel Missile Program Successfully Stimulates Missile Intercept3. U.S.-Israel Fighter Jet System Receives U.S. Air Force Contract4. U.S. Air Force Upgrades Aircraft with Israeli Weapons System5. U.S. to Connect Israel to Ballistic Missile Early Warning Systems FPO photo

A pilot flies an F-15D with the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS).



1. Israel Supplies U.S. Marines with Life-Saving Armor
The Israeli company Plasan delivered armor for 1,955 Mine Resistant Ambush Protect (MRAP) vehicles to the U.S. Marine Corps, the company reported. The MRAP has proven to be a life-saving vehicle for U.S. troops abroad by increasing the survivability and mobility of troops operating in combat zones. Plasan has received orders to armor an additional 2,500 units and will expand its manufacturing facility in Vermont to meet the increasing demand.

2. Joint U.S.-Israel Missile Program Successfully Simulates Missile Intercept
The Arrow anti-ballistic missile system has successfully simulated an interception of a missile intended to imitate the Iranian Shihab missile, the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported. This test showed the ability of the arrow radar to track an incoming missile with multiple warheads. 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.

3. U.S.-Israel Fighter Jet System Receives U.S. Air Force Contract
The U.S. Air Force has awarded a contract of $49.5 million to the Boeing Company for the Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS), which has been developed cooperatively between U.S. and Israeli companies, the company reported.  JHMCS enhances pilot situational awareness and provides head-up control of aircraft targeting systems and sensors. The money will be used to integrate the system into 145 F-15E’s. “Demand for the system continues to be strong because it has proven to be on of the most valuable tools available to our war fighters,” said Phil King, JHMCS program manager for Boeing.

4. U.S. Air Force Upgrades Aircraft with Israeli Weapons System
The U.S. Air Force is upgrading its B-52 aircrafts with the Israeli-developed LITENING advanced targeting pod, the Department of Defense announced. The pod is used for targeting, intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance, and contains a high-resolution, forward-looking infrared sensor that displays an image of the target to the aircrew.

5. U.S. to Connect Israel to Ballistic Missile Early Warning System
The United States will connect Israel to its ballistic missile early warning system to alert Israel of any potential Iranian attacks, Agence France Presse reported. A senior Israeli defense official said that America had agreed to Israel's request to connect to the early warning system, which first benefited the Jewish state in 1991 when Iraq fired dozens of Scud missiles at it. Iranian missiles can already strike anywhere in Israel, and in recent weeks, U.N. nuclear experts have obtained documents detailing years-long, clandestine efforts by Iran to develop nuclear warheads for those missiles.


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