The advanced systems were deployed to Israel in early March, US and Israeli military officials revealed on Monday. The THAADs – Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems – will be stationed in the country's south, alongside some 200 US military personnel.
“During the deployment, our service members will work in various locations throughout Israel and will practice operational procedures for augmenting Israel's existing air and missile defense architecture,” the US European Command said in a statement, adding that the exercise serves as a “demonstration of the United States' continued commitment to Israel's regional security.”
Footage from the scene shows THAAD launchers and other vehicles unloaded from military transport planes at the Nevatim Air Base, as well as US military personnel disembarking. 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.
The @US_EUCOM is currently conducting a missile defense system (THAAD) exercise deployment in Israel, which is part of US efforts to implement its operational concept & mission to assist in Israel’s aerial defense. pic.twitter.com/e9z3vOLiJv— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) March 4, 2019
The deployment was lauded by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said that the systems will bolster Tel Aviv's capability to fend off threats from all over the Middle East region.
“The American THAAD system is considered among the most advanced systems in the world, and together with our defense systems, we are stronger in dealing with threats, close or distant, emanating from all areas of the Middle East,” he said.
While the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) insisted that the deployment is solely defensive and “is not related to any specific current event,” it comes as tensions in the region remains high. Tel Aviv and its arch-enemy – Tehran – have been routinely trading jabs in a war of words, up to threats of total annihilation of each other. Last month, Iran unveiled several new ballistic and cruise missiles, and held major naval drills in the Persian Gulf.
The art of (future) war is rapidly evolving with Beijing spearheading the push into the first modern operational hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV). According to The Diplomat, the weapon, known as the Dong Feng (“East Wind”), DF-17 for short, is designed to challenge existing missile defense systems, such as America’s anti-ballistic missile defense system called: Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).
The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of a THAAD anti-missile defense system to Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of $15 billion, the Pentagon said on Friday, citing Iran among regional threats. The approval opens the way for Saudi Arabia to purchase 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers and 360 missiles, as well as fire control stations and radars.
The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has released photos and video of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) defense system shooting down an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM).
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