Defense Digest - July 2011

AIPAC's Defense Digest
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship
1. Joint Missile Defense Drill Scheduled for Next Year2. U.S., Israel Cooperate on Unmanned Anti-Missile Sensor Programs 3. Arrow 3 Successful in Missile Test4. Iron Dome Successfully Decreased Rocket Threat From Gaza5. Israeli Technology Protecting American Troops in Afghanistan FPO photo

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1. Joint Missile Defense Drill Scheduled for Next Year

A major missile defense drill, aimed at improving operational coordination between the United States and Israel, will be held at the beginning of next year, The Jerusalem Post reported. The drill, called Juniper Cobra, will include both Israeli and American systems. This is the fifth year the United States and Israel have coordinated such a drill. The one in 2012 is expected to be the most complex and extensive to date amid the mounting threats facing the allies in the region.

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2. U.S., Israel Cooperate on Unmanned Anti-Missile Sensor Programs 
The United States and Israel are working together to manage two unmanned anti-missile sensor programs that will be equipped with a long-range sensor capable of tracking and distinguishing a variety of threats, Defense News reported. One of the unmanned anti-missile sensors will support U.S. missions while the other will work with congressionally directed development efforts with Israel. The sensors can rapidly deploy anywhere in the world, and are intended, in particular, to track Iranian missiles.

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3. Arrow 3 Successful in Missile Test
The Arrow 3 interceptor successfully shot down a mock enemy ballistic missile in a test flight, UPI reported. The United States has partnered closely with Israel to develop this new anti-ballistic, long-range air defense system, which is intended to intercept missiles fired at Israel from other countries. The success of this field test highlights the Arrow 3’s ability to counter threats from Qassam rockets and from Iranian ballistic missiles.


4. Iron Dome Successfully Decreased Rocket Threat From Gaza 
The Iron Dome missile interception system has prevented the need for a ground incursion into Gaza, Ha’aretz reported. During the increase in rocket attacks in April, the Israeli Defense Forces were able to face the threat by deploying two Iron Dome batteries to high target areas. “The batteries’ operational functioning gave the decision makers a degree of freedom, in that launching an offensive wasn't essential,” said Israeli Col. Shachar Shochat, head of the active defense section of the Israeli Air Force aerial defense division. “The enemy failed to achieve his objective, got frustrated and eventually stopped shooting. The escalation was contained through the defense system.”

5. Israeli Technology Protecting American Troops in Afghanistan   
The U.S. Army has begun using Israeli surveillances technologies to protect troops in southern Afghanistan, The Jerusalem Post reported. Named the Skystar-180, the surveillance technology is comprised of large hot air balloons that are equipped with a daytime camera and a nighttime sensor that allows advanced real-time surveillance coverage from up to 1,000 feet. The Skystar-180 is capable of providing exact coordinates of any threats or points of interest and is designed to be easily deployable to alternate locations based on threat level. This technology has been used for border protection, intelligence operations and homeland security.


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