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July 29, 2016 / 23 Tammuz, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘missile defense’

Patriot Missile Misses Drone, Hits 14-Year-Old Girl Instead

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

A 14-year-old girl from Jerusalem was injured on Sunday after a fragment from one of the Patriot missiles launched today hit her in the leg, according to a Walla report.

The girl was hiking with a group on the Golan Heights near Kibbutz Ayelet Hashachar when a fragment from one of the exploded Patriot missile fell and hit her in the left leg, leaving a cut 3 centimeters above her left knee.

She was taken to the emergency room in Tzfat where she is listed as lightly injured. Doctors are checking to make sure there are no additional fragments in her leg.

The two Patriot missiles launched at the infiltrating drone missed their target, and the drone returned to Syrian airspace.

Some security official are considering the possibility that it was a Russian drone that infiltrated into Israeli airspace.

The following photo is making the rounds on WhatsApp. It is one of the fragments from the Patriot missile that fell near Kibbutz Ayelet Hashachar.

A fire also broke out near the community from the exploded missile (you can see the firetruck in the background putting out the fire).
Source: Zartusatra / Rotter.net

Patriot Missile Fragment near Ayelet HaShachar

Another Patriot missile fragment near Ayelet Hashachar:
Source: HotNews1
Patriot Fragment near Ayelet Hashachar

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Netanyahu: No Cuts in US Support for Missile Defense

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office issued the following statement regarding the dispute between the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the Obama Administration over US support for Israel’s anti-missile program:

“In the wake of numerous misleading reports, the Prime Minister’s bureau would like to clarify there has been no cut in American assistance. There is an internal debate between Congress and the White House on the size of the annual supplement to the missile defense program.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu is working to anchor this supplement as part of the discussions on the assistance agreement for the next ten years.

“Not only will security assistance for missile defense not be cut, it will be increased.

“The attempt to turn the dialogue with the US into a domestic Israeli political tool is improper; expressions of panic are not warranted,” the PM’s statement concluded.

David Israel

IDF Tests New ‘Iron Dome of the Sea’ [video]

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The IDF has carried out a complex test simulating a strategic location being targeted by ballistic missiles.

During the test short range rockets were fired from the shore; all of which were detected and classified as real threats by the Adir system, were targeted by the Tamir weapons system.

All of the rockets that were aimed towards the strategic assets were intercepted and destroyed by the Tamir interceptors.

The Tamir Adir, named “Iron Dome of the Sea“, is based on the Iron Dome system and capabilities. Some algorithms and other parts of the system were changed in order to enable the use of the system in naval environment, which involves high dynamic changes, while the ship is moving or in place.

The system’s initial operational mission oriented capability can already be used. Once the system’s development is complete, it will be integrated as a complete naval system.

Hana Levi Julian

Russia Refusing to Deliver S-300 Missiles to Syria, But Iran Gets Hers Ahead of Schedule

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Russia is not going to deliver the S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria, according to Alexander Fomin, head of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS), who spoke to the press on Tuesday, TASS reported.

“There are no such plans as of today,” Fomin said, in response to a question regarding Russian negotiations with the Assad regime on selling them the missile systems.

Meanwhile, according to Fomin, Russia is already supplying the S-300 missile systems to Iran—ahead of schedule—and is in talks with Tehran on purchases of additional military equipment. “We have contracts with Iran, other contracts are also possible, but the talk is only about the permitted supplies, which are not on the UN’s ban list.”

On April 11, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in a radio interview with Ekho Moskvy that Russia had started deliver of S-300 systems to Iran, with the deal to be completed by the end of the year. “We are acting in strict compliance with the contract. They pay, we sell. We have already started. It is a supply in full sets,” he said.

Russia and Iran signed a contract in 2007 for the supply of five S-300PMU-1 battalions, but then, in 2010, then-President Dmitry Medvedev banned the supply of the systems to Tehran, following a deal with Israel which compensated Russia by promising not to compete with Russian natural gas in Europe. The Iran contract, worth more than $800 million, was annulled and the paid advance was returned to Iran, which filed a $4 billion lawsuit against Russia at the Geneva Court of Arbitration. That suit has now been cancelled.

The S-300 system was developed to defend against aircraft and cruise missiles for the Soviet Air Defense Forces. Subsequent variations were developed to intercept ballistic missiles. It is regarded as one of the most potent anti-aircraft missile systems currently in operation. An evolved version of the S-300 system, the S-400, entered limited service in 2004.

In 2014, the Syrian government requested Moscow to supply the S-300 air defense missile systems to the Syrian army in anticipation of “a possible US attack” on Syria.

According to a source in the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida, Russia received intelligence from Israel a year ago that Tehran had violated an agreement with Moscow not to pass on advanced Russian-made weaponry to the terror group Hezbollah, its proxy in Lebanon. President Putin was handed intelligence from Israel showing that Iran had supplied Hezbollah with Russian-made SA-22 surface-to-air missile systems.

According to Al Jarida, Russia confirmed this information with surveillance flights over Lebanon and Syria, using their own anti-missile radars to detect the systems which had been moved to Lebanon.

David Israel

Canada Buys Iron Dome Radar Technology from Israel

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Canada is buying Israeli Iron Dome radar that is able to detect rockets, artillery and mortars at long ranges, and can simultaneously engage a large number of targets.

Ottawa’s Dept. of National Defense awarded the contract to ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI), and Rheinmetall-Canada.

The radar system offers exceptional detection and accuracy performance and is a highly mobile, enabling it for fast deployment with a minimal crew.

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France Says ‘Everything On The Table’ in Nuclear Talks With Iran

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

The P5+1 group of world powers negotiating with Iran for a nuclear deal believes it’s “time to decide” once and for all; Iran, on the other hand, says there’s “no time limit” at all.

It is becoming increasingly clear that even if the U.S. delegation has endless patience, the European foreign ministers are beginning to lose theirs. After another round of marathon talks and a third blown deadline this week, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters in Vienna on Saturday, “Everything is on the table. It’s now time to decide.”

The newest deadline for talks between Iran and world powers led by the United States is this coming Monday, July 13.

But an Iranian official told the AFP news agency that talks could continue indefinitely if need be. “We have no time limit in order to reach a good deal,” said the senior Iranian official.

Of course, the definition of the term, “good deal” depends on who is doing the defining.

Negotiators have been arguing over how to implement the terms of the deal both sides have already agreed to. Those would require Iran to reduce the number of uranium enriching centrifuges from 19,000 to slightly more than 6,000. Tehran would also have to reduce its stocks of already enriched uranium from more than seven tonnes, to just 350 kilos (770 pounds.)

This would allegedly ensure that Iran could not acquire enough fissile material to build an atomic weapon – or at least, it would take at least a year to do so. Currently it is believed that Tehran could achieve that goal within just two to three months.

In addition, the two sides still cannot find common ground on the issue of spot inspections and access for United Nations inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to Iran’s nuclear military sites.

Iran is unwilling to budge on either point; and without those, world leaders are unwilling to relax the sanctions that have strangled the economy of the Islamic Republic.

In addition, Tehran insists all sanctions be relieved immediately, and refuses to allow the “snap back” clause that would re-impose those sanctions if Iran violates the terms of the deal.

For obvious reasons, none of the world powers has any interest in removing that clause. Iran has also insisted that a UN arms embargo previously in place also be lifted when a deal is reached – a new problem that could become the icing on any nuclear cake.

As Defense Secretary Ashton Carter explained during a meeting with Congress: “The reason we want to stop Iran from having an ICBM program is that the “I” in ICBM stands for “intercontinental” – which means having the capability of flying from Iran to the United States. We don’t want that,” he added. (The rest of the acronym: C-continental B-ballistic M-missile.)

Any ICBM loaded with a chemical, biological or nuclear warhead would present an existential threat to the United States as well as to Israel.

According to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Iran has conducted multiple successful space vehicle launches since 2008. Defense News reported in April 2015 that such technology could also serve as a test bed for the development of ICBM technology. According to the report, there is an overlap between producing space vehicles and ballistic missiles. It is suspected that Iran’s space program has been a cover for a military ballistic weapons program, in fact.

The U.S. already has two missile defense sites deployed to defend the country in California and Alaska respectively to protect against any limited long-range ballistic missile attack.

The MDA has also advised Washington to develop a third defense site on the East Coast to protect against missile threats “accidentally launched from Russia or China due to human error or intentionally fired from Iran or North Korea,” Defense News reported.

Hana Levi Julian

UPDATE: Iron Dome Intercepts Rocket in South

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

9:54 PM: Confirmed: One Iron Dome interception.
Report of rocket strike appears to be parts from the intercepted rocket that landed outside the city of Ashkelon.
No rocket hit in Ashkelon.

9:49 Unconfirmed: 1 Iron Dome interception near Ashkelon. Second rocket hit.

9:43 PM Local reporting hearing 2 explosions. 1 possible landing site (also unconfirmed).

9:38 PM Shavuah Tov. Multiple Rocket Alerts in south. Must be summer.
Updates to follow.

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