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September 21, 2014 / 26 Elul, 5774
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Upgraded Arrow-2 Anti-Ballistic Missile System Tests ‘Go Green’

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

The improved Arrow 2 anti-ballistic missile system performed as planned Tuesday morning at an intercept test over the Mediterranean Sea, a Defense Ministry spokesperson said.

The test was conducted by the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of DDR&D and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency at an Israeli test range.

During the test, “an Arrow 2 missile was launched and performed its flight sequence as planned,” the spokesperson said. “The results are being analyzed by program engineers.”

The test results, however, have no effect on Israeli operational systems’ capability to cope with the existing threats in the region, the spokesperson emphasized. “This test was an improved version of the joint U.S.-Israel Arrow Weapon System, intended to counter future threats.”

The five-tier defense system is being developed and integrated by Israel Aerospace Industries in conjunction with Boeing, Elta and Elbit/Elisra.

The mobile Arrow defense system is comprised of the hypersonic Arrow anti-missile interceptor, the Elta “Green Pine” early warning AESA radar, the Elisra “Golden Citron” center and the Israel Aerospace Industries “Brown Hazelnut” launch control center.

The first operational missile defense system specifically designed and built to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles, the Arrow system is considered to be one of the most advanced missile defense programs currently in existence.

Jointly funded and produced by Israel and the United States, development of the Arrow began in 1986, with improvements and adjustments continuing ever since. The Israeli Air Defense Command of the IDF remains — at least for now — the sole user of the complete Arrow system.

Iran Unveils New Self-Defense Radar, Missile System

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Iran has unveiled a new ‘self-defense’ radar and missile system. The Talash-3, or Endeavor-3, allegedly has a range of about 200 kilometers.

It was successfully test fired recently, according to Iranian Air Defense chief General Farzad Esmaili.

“Talash is a mid-range and high-altitude air defense system used to confront the flying targets, including fighter jets and bombers, and is also capable of destroying different helicopters and drones,” he said.

“Talash defense system was designed and built to detect and intercept the targets of Sayyad (Hunter) 2 missile (the country’s latest home-made missile system with high precision, range and destruction power) to protect the country’s vital and sensitive points against surprise air threats of hi-tech combat fighters,” he added.

The missile will enable Iran to “shoot down any hostile target,” he said in a speech broadcast on state television Tuesday.

Also inaugurated were two radar systems, the Kayhan, reportedly capable of detecting cruise missiles and drones, and the Arash-2, which was said to detect miniature drones at a distance of 93 miles, or 150 kilometers.

Iran has already developed at least one ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel and U.S. bases in the Middle East — the Shahab-3 missile.

Israel’s ‘Green Rock’ Moves Against Missiles

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Israel has just received its newest defense against the Palestinian Authority’s attacks on the western Negev — or anywhere in the country, for that matter.

The new system arrived in IDF hands on Wednesday — the same morning the PA unity government launched another rocket attack from Gaza on southern Israel. The Qassam exploded at the entrance to a kibbutz, about 300 meters from a private home. No one was physically injured, but several people were shaken up.

With the ‘Green Rock’ mobile autonomous tactical counter Rocket, Artillery & Mortar (C-RAM) system, perhaps such attacks will be neutralized in the near future.

The system, to be known to the IDF as ‘Wind Shield,’ was produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)’s ELTA subsidiary. It is installed on a moving vehicle (read: armored car, truck, all-terrain vehicle or whatever have you), and off you go.

It includes a “phased-array doppler radar” which detects the originating launching point of ballistic munitions such as rockets, artillery and mortars, and tracks their trajectories. In addition, it can intercept the fire before it reaches the target. The system can also be used to detect low-flying airborne targets such as UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), gliders and hovering platforms.

The system will be on display at the Eurostatory exhibition to be held June 16-20 in Paris.

Hezbollah Most Heavily Armed Force in Region Besides Israel

Monday, June 9th, 2014

The Lebanon-based Hezbollah guerrilla fighting force is among the most heavily armed in the region, according to IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, who told the 2014 IDC Herzliya Conference on Monday that Israel is facing a lethal threat.

Israel’s military chief said just Israel and the top five nations of the world currently have more firepower today than Hezbollah. According to Gantz, the only nations more heavily armed than Hezbollah – which is supplied by Iran – are “the U.S., China, Russia, Israel, France, [and] the UK.”

It was a sobering moment for the audience at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, who heard that Israel is facing a new type of threat, one that originates from underground. Terrorists in Lebanon and in Gaza use bunkers, where they store their arms – in much the same way Israelis used underground facilities to produce bullets during the British Mandate to prepare for the 1948 War of Independence.

Attendees also heard the army chief explain that Israel’s neighbor to the north, Syria, is disintegrating. Regardless of what happens on the other side of the border, none of the options will be particularly good for Israel, Gantz explained. He added that “decades of conflict” are likely to continue in Syria, “perhaps more.” Hezbollah is actively involved in that war, fighting to defend President Bashar al-Assad; the experience gained in that fight may well aid the terrorist organization later in a future war against Israel, Gantz warned.

Moreover, a second front is again developing in the south with Gaza, where mid-to-long range missiles have again been stockpiled for a future war with Israel as well. Both the ruling Hamas terror organization and its allied Islamic Jihad terrorist group are fully backed by Iran, as is Hezbollah. All three would function as proxies for Iran, which has not given up its dream of annihilating Israel.

Nor has Iran abandoned its goal of developing a nuclear weapon of mass destruction, Gantz said.

Israel will take whatever action is deemed appropriate to neutralize that existential threat against the Jewish State, he said.

Finance Ministry Leaves IDF Empty-Handed

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Finance Minister Yair Lapid was apparently not satisfied with the IDF decision to cancel military reservist training for the entire year.

A bare few hours after IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz made the announcement, the Finance Ministry also rejected a separate funding request for a cash infusion to the defense establishment.

Moreover, according to a source who spoke with Ynet, the ministry plans to slash more of the military budget for fiscal 2015.

Right down to the bone.

The ministry claims the cuts come in response to a Bank of Israel estimate released Monday urging the government to balance the books by raising taxes to the tune of some NIS 18 billion and trimming the budget in each ministry for fiscal 2015.

Critics say the IDF is using the elimination of reservist training as a weapon against the budget cuts.

Traditionally, the defense establishment has been the one area in which cuts kept to a minimum, if any are made at all. But there are those who believe the IDF should trim the number of career soldiers it maintains and take a second look at restructuring pensions and other benefits.

The chief of staff expressed his concern Tuesday in a statement warning, “This is no trick, and no shtick. I am very concerned. The IDF is in the service of the people, not the other way around. We will make every effort to secure the safety of Israeli citizens no matter the circumstances.”

But the question is how that can be carried out if reservists are untrained – and called upon to suddenly use — any new equipment that arrives on Israeli shores.

Moreover, as Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon pointed out Tuesday, the financial stress on the IDF is “not new – the figures were presented to the Cabinet at the beginning of the year.” The defense budget, he noted, “is not the biggest one” and he too warned that “it is growing smaller.”

Ya’alon said that due to Lapid’s budget cuts, “We will not call up reserves even for operational activity.”

Translation: All military activities will have to be carried out by active forces only – and most are young and relatively inexperienced. A high percentage have never been through a war.

At present, the head of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority’s paramilitary force has announced he believes it is time to end the security cooperation agreement with Israel. That Fatah-led force is on the verge of merging with Gaza’s Hamas terror organization.

If Lapid succeeds in slashing the IDF budget, what will happen should the new PA unity government decide to challenge Israel’s existence altogether in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, with aid from Arab nations?

Another Synagogue, Mikvah Destruction Ahead in Judea-Samaria

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Settlers in Judea, Samaria and the Binyamin region are getting ready for government forces intent on more demolitions. This time a synagogue and mikvah are among the targets.

Leaders of the Residents’ Council of Judea and Samaria (Yesha Council) have been negotiating for six months with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and other officials over the looming destruction. The problem stems from a High Court of Justice order forcing the state to demolish 28 buildings said not to be constructed according to code or built “on private Palestinian land.”

Similar orders are rarely issued, let alone carried out against the thousands of illegally-constructed Bedouin and Arab structures dotting the Israeli landscape within the 1949 Armstice lines (known as the “pre-1967 lines,) let alone the hundreds of thousands carpeting the hillsides in those in the disputed territory of Area C.

All but three of the targeted Jewish structures have since been rebuilt to meet the demands of the state.

But authorities have been ordered to demolish those last three that have yet to meet the regulations. They include a synagogue and a mikvah and are to be destroyed by May 18, this Friday, Ynet reported Wednesday. Since the IDF allegedly does not carry out expulsions on Shabbat, it is expected the evictions will begin on Thursday.

It is expected that orders declaring the surrounding area a “closed military zone” will be issued within the next 24-48 hours in order to prevent interference from protesters.

Hundreds of IDF soldiers, Border Guard personnel and police officers are preparing for the operation along with the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (CoGAT). Generally roadblocks leading into the affected areas are placed to prevent others from coming to the aid of those being evicted.

Elite IDF Bedouin Trackers Eliminate Israel’s Northern Border Threats

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

A special unit in the Israeli army comprised solely of Bedouin trackers is keeping Israel’s northern border safe.

The Northern Bedouin Tracking Unit commanded by Lt. Col. Majdi Mazarib protects Israel from kidnapings, infiltrators and 100,000 rockets, among myriad other threats emanating from Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist organization.

Speaking in Arabic, Lt. Col. Mazarib tells an interviewer in a video piece on his unit, “From Israel’s founding, the Bedouin community has chosen to volunteer and serve in the IDF, and actively participate in founding the country.”

The unique skills of a Bedouin tracker are unmatched anywhere else in the region, and cannot be duplicated by technology – a fact the IDF understands and accepts.

“Without the Bedouin, Israel would not be able to properly protect its borders,” the commander adds.

Bedouin are not obligated to serve in the IDF, though they volunteer in large numbers.

“The skills that they possess are unique” and the Bedouin soldiers are essential to the protection of Israel, notes the report on the unit posted this week on the IDF Blog.

“I am Israeli, and proud to be an Israeli Arab and to serve in the IDF,” Lt. Col. Mazarib says.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/elite-idf-bedouin-trackers-eliminate-israels-northern-border-threats/2014/04/22/

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