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Israel Signs Weapons Deals With United States and Canada

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Israel and the United States announced the continuation of a sale of 19 new F-35 multipurpose fighter planes to Israel, as well as approval for a second squadron.

Israel Aerospace Industries will be assembling the wings of this new fighter, which will also include Israeli-made components. The assembly line for the F-35 parts manufactured in Israel is expected to be inaugurated next week.

Other deals, such as the continued joint development the David’s Sling and Arrow missile intercept systems, were also reached. These deals were discussed and agreed to by Secretary of Defense Moshe Yaalon and his American counterpart Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, when they met in Washington last week.

Elbit Systems also announced a deal to supply the Canadian Armed Forces with mobile satellite communication systems. The systems being sold are exclusive, as they have the ability to connect to the US Defense Department satellite network.

Despite recent comments made by unnamed American officials regarding Prime Minister Netanyahu, the deals point to a working relationship, and continued alliance, between the Unites States and the State of Israel.

Lockheed CEO Visits Israeli F-35 Supplier

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson toured the Israel Aerospace Industries plant at Ben Gurion Airport Thursday, when executives told her that the first pair of wings for the DF-35 stealth fighter will be produced by September.

IAI is scheduled to manufacture more than 800 pairs of wings in the next several years as the F-35 comes closer to becoming a reality, despite a long string of budget and technical problems.

Israel has committee to purchasing a squadron of F-35s for approximately $3 billion.

Hewson called the contract between Israel and Lockheed Martin “another important milestone in the cooperation between our industry and Israeli defense industries.”

IAI will employ 100 people on the production line, some of whom have already been trained by Lockheed Martin. Machines for the new production are so heavy that IAI had to build a reinforced concrete floor , Globes reported.

Hewson was in Be’er Sheva on Wednesday to open Lockheed Martin’s new office in Israel and show support for the IDF’s “Move to the South” campaign.

“We are investing here and building our local team to ensure we have the resources required to support our valued customers and trusted partners in Israel,” Hewson said.

“By locating our new office in the capital of the Negev, we are well positioned to work closely with our Israeli partners and stand ready to accelerate project execution, reduce program risk and share our technical expertise by training and developing in-country talent.

“With the opening of this office and the strategic investments being made by the IDF it is clear that Be’er Sheva is on its way to becoming the Silicon Valley of Israel.”

Texas Congressman Says Obama Must Apologize to Israel on Iran

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

President Barack Obama should apologize to Israel for putting “Israel in a position of having to defend both of us” from Iran, Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News.

Israel strongly opposed the Obama administration’s recent relaxation of sanctions against Tehran, which continues to develop its nuclear program without international supervision.

Gohmert said the United States should send Israel the new F-35 steal fighter jets as soon as possible and “give them our best bunker-busters because I think Bibi [Benjamin] Netanyahu has the will and the credibility to be a threat.”

“If the United States were a credible threat to attack Iran, we would not have to attack them. But Iran knows we’re not a credible threat to attack them,” said Gohmert. “If Ronald Reagan were president, Iran would’ve stopped a long time ago. Just like Iran released our prisoners the day he took office, they knew Carter was not a credible threat but they knew Reagan was. They know Obama is not a credible threat.”

 

Elbit-Rockwell Helmet with Night Vision Camera Sways Pentagon

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

The Pentagon is suspending work on a second helmet for the F-35 jet in favor of exclusive use of the helmet developed by Israel’s Elbit Systems along with Rockwell-Collins.

American defense officials said it ditched the second helmet after Elbit-Rockwell made improvements in the helmet, including a better night vision camera, saving the Pentagon millions of dollars million needed to finish the other helmet that was developed by Britain’s BAE Systems.

“To date, more than 100 F-35 pilots have flown more than 6,000 flights and 10,000 hours with the helmet, and their feedback has been very positive,” said Lorraine Martin, Lockheed executive vice president and F-35 general manager. The new helmet will be introduced to the F-35 fleet in 2016.

The F-35 program office said the new “Gen 3″ version of the helmet developed by the Rockwell-Elbit joint venture since then would cost 12 percent less than previously estimated. The Gen 3 helmet will include an improved night vision camera, new liquid-crystal displays, and automated alignment and software improvements.

Boogie in the F-35

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe “Boogie” Yaalon checks out the F-35 war plane production line at Lockheed Martin production facility in Texas, USA on October 10, 2013.

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U.S. Cuts Israel’s Military Aid by 5%

Friday, June 21st, 2013

The U.S. cut $175 million from the $3.1 billion dollars of Foreign Military Financing (FMF) it supplies Israel, as part of across the board cuts in international military aid, according to a report in Ma’ariv.

Ambassador Michael Oren said Israel would not be asking for an exemption from the cuts, and that Israel would carry its share of the burden.

Most of the US military aid must actually be spent in the US, with purchases from U.S. companies recognized by the Department of Defense as authorized military contractors.

Israel is one of the largest recipient of FMF funding.

Some in Israel believe that the FMF funding is not a good thing, and in fact limits and restricts Israel’s ability to develop and sell its own military projects, by restricting development and sales to projects that don’t significantly compete with U.S. military sales.

It’s not yet clear what purchases will be cut from the budget, but it may affect the purchase of the controversial F-35 stealth plane.

The cuts in general will negatively affect U.S. military activities overseas, as well as possibly reduce joint training exercises with Israel.

Lockheed to Build Development Center in Negev

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense contractor,  is establishing a development information system center in the Negev, the latest addition to a growing list of some of the largest American-based companies to set up operations in Israel.

The center will be part of the IDF Intelligence Corp’s technology campus in the Negev.

Israel has agreed to buy several Lockheed F-35 stealth warplanes.

Lockheed Martin VP global solutions Robert Eastman told Globes, “The intention is to establish a local branch of Lockheed Martin in Israel in the field of information systems.”.

“We specialize in carrying out especially difficult migration to computer systems. This requires us to be here, with the customers, every day. We have succeeded several times with this model in previous projects, and we intend to apply this model in Israel too. It includes the opening of offices, bringing in our workers, initially from other countries, hiring local workers, and cooperating with local companies.”

Lockheed Martin’s participation in the Negev center will involve adapting lines of code written decades ago, to modern computer systems. This process will sometimes be straightforward, but in other cases will require the rewriting of code.

Lockheed Martin expects to hire 100 Israeli employees for 1-2 years to set up the data center.

Eastman said that Lockheed Martin is examining other opportunities in the Israeli market, especially in information security.

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