United States deploys its most advanced missile defense system in Israel

United States deploys its most advanced missile defense system in Israel”

He said that the defense battery has only been installed a few times elsewhere in the world, and tested the USA ability to carry out accelerated deployment of such powerful and complex weapons.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated that it is a show of US commitment to the security of Israel.

As part of the deployment, USA troops will be stationed in various locations in Europe, the United States and in Israel to operate the system in close cooperation with the Israel Defense Forces, it said.

Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said the deployment differed from previous simulated U.S. -Israel joint military exercises and involved tactical coordination on the ground.

"The IDF is grateful for this exercise and stands ready to protect Israel's airspace and civilians against a variety of threats from near and far", the IDF said. THAAD is a system, built specifically to intercept short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles during their terminal phase - re-entry or descent - with a direct hit approach.

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A spokeswoman for the US European Command said the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) will be used in an exercise with the Israel Defense Forces meant to test the US military's ability to rapidly deploy such weapons worldwide. The bond between the United States and Israel has never been stronger.

Lockheed Martin Corp will receive the first payment toward the installation a $15 billion missile defense system in Saudi Arabia as part of a $110 billion arms package the Trump administration said it negotiated with the Kingdom in 2017, the Pentagon said on Monday.

An Israeli army spokesman, told reporters that a THAAD battery, flown in from the US and Europe, arrived Monday, March 4, 2019, at an air force base in southern Israel.

"Together with our defense systems we are even stronger in dealing with threats from throughout the Middle East", he said in a video released by his office.

In November, the Saudis and USA officials signed the letters of offer and acceptance formalizing terms for Saudi's purchase of 44 THAAD launchers, missiles and related equipment.

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