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In first, United States establishes permanent military base in Israel
21 September 2017, 12:37 | Simon Arnold
US Opens First Permanent Israeli Base
The American base is an independent facility located inside an Israeli military base which serves as the IDF's Air Defense School in southern Israel. Gen. Tvika Haimovitch, commander of the IAF's Aerial Defense Division, said.
The base, which has been two years in the making, will help the IAF and the US task force "improve detection, interception and deployment in aerial defense, while strengthening cooperation".
The barracks, which officially opened during a ceremony Monday, will house about 40 soldiers, U.S. European Command said Tuesday.
The Israeli brigadier general also told reporters the establishment of a permanent USA base in Israel "allows us to improve our defense, in discovery and in interception and in preparedness".
One of the main purposes of the United States presence in the country has to do with missile defense systems, according to Military.com.
When he returned to the United States, Flint moved to Los Angeles and became a lawyer. "It was instead shot down by one Patriot missile that was sacked by Israeli air defence soldiers".
The annual exercise pits the two nations against the threat of a large-scale missile attack. In addition, new systems will be deployed while older ones will be improved.
According to Haimovitch, the new air base, along with other recent improvements to Israel's air defense program, "will improve our abilities significantly". "This is a puzzle with a lot of parts that adds more protection".
The Iron Dome is able to calculate when rockets will land in open areas, choosing not to intercept them, or towards civilian centers.
The building supports troops operating in Israel on a rotational basis, USAREUR said.
Haimovitch pointed to the long-range Arrow 3 and medium-range David's Sling missile defense systems that went operational over the past year, as well as the expansion of the short-range Iron Dome program.
According to an August report by Defense News, Israel's state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the main contractor of the Iron Dome system, and Raytheon, its USA partner for Iron Dome production, are working to transform the Israeli interceptor into an American system to use for the defense of forward-deployed U.S. forces. "The decision expresses the partnership and the strategic commitment between the militaries and the countries", stated Brigadier General Zvika Haimovich.
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