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April 25, 2014 / 25 Nisan, 5774
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Iron Beam to Join Iron Dome to Intercept Short-Range Missiles

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Israel is ready to unveil a new “Iron Beam” system that can intercept short and low-flying rockets that the Iron Dome cannot stop.

A big plus for the Iron Beam system is that it uses a laser to hear and explode warheads, a system far less costly than the $50,00-a-piece Iron Dome anti-missile missile.

The Iron Beam can knock out incoming rockets as far as slightly more than four miles away. Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, which also makes the Iron Dome systems, will show off the Iron Dome next month at an air show in Singapore.

With the advanced Arrow III, designed to take out long-range missiles, and David’s Sling that is being tested to intercept medium-range missiles, and Iron Dome for short-range rockets, the Iron Beam will give Israel multi-layer defense against incoming missiles and rockets.

Sequester Cuts Military Aid to Israel by Small Amount

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

The United States told Israel the sequester axe fell lightly on Israel and that the cut in military aid will amount to $144 million or 5 percent, instead of the originally planned 8 percent of the $3.1 billion aid program.

Finance Ministry sources told the Globes business newspaper that “reliable sources” notified Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz of the decision.

The ministry said that despite the reaction, Israel actually will receive more in this year than it 2012. Mush of the aid is funneled back to the United States for American equipment and technology.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told visiting Defense Minister Ehud Barak last week that the sequester cut would not affect the Arrow and David’s Sling anti-missile programs.

Iron Dome Tested Near Jerusalem

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system was tested near the city of Modi’in, located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, before  being removed on Wednesday, Haaretz reported.

A battery stationed there would protect the Jerusalem area from rocket attacks. At least two rockets were fired from Gaza at Jerusalem during last November’s Operation Pillar of Defense, landing in open areas. One of them exploded close to an Arab village in Gush Etzion.

Iron Dome systems have been deployed throughout central Jerusalem for tests in recent days, according to reports.

Israel has five Iron Dome batteries, which have been stationed throughout the country as the need arises.

Last month, an Iron Dome battery stationed in the north was unusable for more than four weeks after sustaining flood damage in January. The battery was in storage when it flooded, damaging its electrical system, which has since been repaired and is now functional.

Syrian and Lebanese News Agencies Claim Israeli Drone Downed

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Two news agencies in Lebanon and Syria claimed Wednesday evening that an Israeli drone was downed, possibly by a SAM anti-missile that was fired from Syria. The official Lebanese National News Agency reported, “The tail of a surface-to-air missile (SAM) fired from Syria fell in the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Deir al-Ashayer,” near the border between Syria and Lebanon and approximately 15 west of Damascus.

Last month, Israel is assumed to have been behind the aerial bombing in the same area of a truck convoy carrying advanced Soviet-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles intended for Hizbullah.

Israel has not commented on the reports of a downed drone but has stated several times it conducts surveillance flights over Lebanon to monitor terrorist activity and the transfer of weapons from Syria to Hizbullah in Lebanon.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/syrian-and-lebanese-news-agencies-claim-israeli-drone-downed/2013/02/20/

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