Defense Digest - February 2011

AIPAC's Defense Digest
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship
1. Arrow-2 Missile Defense System Successfully Tested2. Mullen Reaffirms U.S.-Israeli Strategic Ties3. IAI Develops New ‘Ghost’ UAV4. Elbit Unveils new UAV Command Center5. Iron Dome Missile Defense System Set to Become Operational FPO photo

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1. Arrow-2 Missile Defense System Successfully Tested

The United States and Israel conducted a successful test of the Arrow-2 anti-ballistic missile defense system off the coast of California, The Jerusalem Post reported. This was the 18th such test and the second that tested the system in its entirety, including the Green Pine radar system. The test was jointly conducted by the Israeli Air Force, Israel’s Homa Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

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2. Mullen Reaffirms U.S.-Israeli Strategic Ties
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen recently visited Israel to reaffirm the importance of the U.S.-Israel strategic relationship and wish farewell to outgoing IDF Chief of Staff General Gabi Ashkenazi and welcome his replacement, General Benny Gantz, The Jerusalem Post reported. “We live in very challenging times, and will stay focused on this and continue to work together from a military standpoint to reaffirm that relationship in these very difficult times,” said Mullen.
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3. IAI Develops New ‘Ghost’ UAV
An Israeli company has introduced a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) intended for reconnaissance missions in urban settings that can land and take off vertically, The Jerusalem Post reported. The “Ghost” UAV, produced by Israel Aerospace Industries, looks like a scaled down version of the American Chinook helicopter and is geared for reconnaissance missions in urban settings.

4. Elbit Unveils new UAV Command Center 
Elbit Systems has unveiled a new unmanned aerial system command center that allows for greater operational flexibility, UPI reported. "Joint flight control and management of two different unmanned aircraft systems provides users with enhanced operational flexibility, adapting each UAS to a specific mission and enabling management of highly complex missions in diverse arenas," Elbit stated. In light of current regional instability, such innovations will allow Israel to operate its unmanned assets more affectively.

5. Iron Dome Missile Defense System Set to Become Operational 
The Iron Dome system will be operational within weeks, Ha'aretz reported. The Israeli Air Force recently conducted successful tests of the system, including five different scenarios in southern Israel. The missiles launched by the Iron Dome successfully intercepted and destroyed the incoming rockets in every scenario.


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