Defense Digest - March 2010

AIPAC's Defense Digest
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship
1. 5,000 Israeli-Developed Armor Kits Delivered to U.S. Forces2. Israeli-Developed LITENING Shows Capabilities on U.S. Navy F-18’s3. U.S. Orders $40M of Israeli-Developed Targeting System4. Arrow-3 Effort Heightened Due to Iranian Threat5. Israeli Air Force Introduces Massive ‘Super-Drone’  FPO photo

Israel has introduced an advanced unmanned aerial vehicle. 



1. 5,000 Israeli-Developed Armor Kits Delivered to U.S. Forces 
Plasan, an Israeli company, has delivered 5,000 armor kits for the U.S. Army’s MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV), the company announced. The Israeli-developed armor has saved countless U.S. lives in Afghanistan. “We are proud of our continued success in meeting this ambitious production schedule,” said Dan Ziv, president and CEO of Plasan.

2. Israeli-Developed LITENING Shows Capabilities on U.S. Navy F-18’s
The Israeli-developed LITENING advanced targeting pod has been successfully demonstrated on the U.S. Navy’s premier fighter/attack aircraft, the F/A-18/F Super Hornet, Northrop Grumman announced. This marks the eighth U.S. combat aircraft to fly the advanced targeting system. LITENING pod is a self-contained, multi-sensor system that enables pilots with surveillance and situational awareness, and the ability to detect, acquire, identify, and auto-track targets for highly accurate delivery of both conventional and precision-guided weapons. To date, more than 600 LITENING pods have been ordered by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and seven allied nations.
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3. U.S. Orders $40M of Israeli-Developed Targeting System
The U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard have ordered 85 of the Israeli-developed Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS), reported. “The U.S. Air Force and international customers continue to rely on JHMCS to provide state-of-the-art targeting for aircraft weapon systems,” said Phil King, JHMCS program manager for Boeing. First used in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the multi-role JHMCS gives flight crew members the ability to rapidly acquire and designate a target simply by looking at it.

4. Arrow-3 Effort Heightened Due to Iranian Threat 
The Iranian missile threat has lead to a heightened urgency by U.S. and Israeli officials to move the Arrow-3 missile defense program forward aggressively, Defense News reported. “Arrow-3 offers a very good interception envelope, with very high performance rocket motors, multimode seeker and divert capability, which address the full range of advanced threats from distances. We believe it is the best solution to meeting our critical national security requirements," said Arieh Herzog, director of the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO).

5. Israeli Air Force Introduces Massive ‘Super-Drone’ 
The Israeli Air Force has introduced a new massive unmanned aerial vehicle with a wing span of a Boeing 737, The Jerusalem Post reported. The new UAV showcases Israel’s new long-range operational and intelligence capabilities. Known as the Heron TP, it can fly at medium-to-high altitudes for more than 20 hours. The IAF expects to have a squadron of these UAV’s ready this year.


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