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    http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=250249 US commander visits Israel to finalize missile drill By YAAKOV KATZ
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      US commander visits Israel to finalize missile drill

      By YAAKOV KATZ <http://www.jpost.com/Authors/AuthorPage.aspx?id=78>
      12/20/2011 18:04




      Israel, US to hold largest ever missile defense exercise this spring;
      thousands of US soldiers will be deployed in Israel.





      Israel is moving forward with plans to hold the largest-ever missile defense
      exercise in its history this spring amid Iranian efforts to obtain nuclear
      weapons.

      Last week, Lt.-Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander of the US's Third Air Force
      based in Germany, visited Israel to finalize plans for the upcoming drill,
      expected to see the deployment of several thousand American soldiers in
      Israel.

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      The drill, which is unprecedented in its size, will include the
      establishment of US command posts in Israel and IDF command posts at EUCOM
      headquarters in Germany - with the ultimate goal of establishing joint task
      forces in the event of a large-scale conflict in the Middle East.

      The US will also bring its THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) and
      shipbased Aegis ballistic missile defense systems to Israel to simulate the
      interception of missile salvos against Israel.

      The American systems will work in conjunction with Israel's missile defense
      systems - the Arrow, Patriot and Iron Dome.

      Gorenc came to Israel for talks with Brig.-Gen. Doron Gavish, commander of
      the Air Force's Air Defense Division.

      He toured one of the Iron Dome batteries in the South and the Israel Test
      Bed lab in Holon where the IAF holds its interception simulation exercises.

      The IAF is planning to deploy a fourth battery of the Iron Dome
      counter-rocket system in the coming months and is mulling the possibility of
      stationing it in Haifa to protect oil refineries located there.

      The Defense Ministry has allocated a budget to manufacture an additional
      three Iron Dome batteries by the end of 2012. IAF operational requirements
      call for the deployment of about a dozen batteries along Israel's northern
      and southern borders.

      The IAF is also moving forward with plans to deploy Rafael's David's Sling
      missile defense system, which is designed to defend against medium-range
      rockets and cruise missiles. Rafael recently completed a series of
      successful navigation and flight tests of the David's Sling's interceptor
      and plans to hold the first interception test by mid-2012.





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