IDF Welcomes "Historic" Establishment of US Military Base on Israeli Soil
Sep 21, 2017, 00:40
The US have opened its first ever joint air defense military base in Israel.
Mitchell Flint, an American aviator who helped form the Israeli Air Force in 1948 and served in Israel's first fighter squadron has died. Gen. Tzvika Haimovitch, head of the IAF's Aerial Defense Command, said.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first-ever permanent USA military base inside an Israeli Air Force base.
"The minute that the USA decides to procure Iron Dome, we will transfer all the knowledge and production file to Raytheon", Yosi Druker, head of Rafael's Air Superiority Systems division was quoted by Defense News as saying, adding that the system would be fully produced in the United States.
The base, created to be an independent facility but co-located at the Israel Defense Forces Air Defense School, will house dozens of USA soldiers, though its function is mostly symbolic as it falls under the authority of Israel military directives and will not result in any operational changes, the Associated Press reports.
In addition to barracks, the finished base will include recreational facilities and other special features for US air defense soldiers.
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According to the IDF, the base will provide space for the Israeli Air Force and American task force to improve detection, interception and deployment in aerial defense, while strengthening cooperation.
In the past such systems were operated by civilian contractors, but over the past few years the Pentagon has sought to replace these civilians with soldiers as part of a gradual process taking place at US military installations around the world. "I appreciate the way the Americans respect the State of Israel", Haimovitch said. The amount exceeds U.S. President Donald Trump's initial budget request by $97 billion and eclipses a $549 billion military spending cap established by the 2011 Budget Control Act, according to PressTV. It comes only a day after the U.S. Senate all but unanimously approved a ginormous $700-billion military bill. Gen. John Gronski also stressed the "strong bond" between the two countries. There are conflicting reports regarding which military specifically will retain jurisdiction over the base.
The David's Sling missile defense-system seen at the Hatzor Air Base, Israel, April 2, 2017. The radar is useful against medium- and long-range ballistic missile attacks.
The air defense chief lauded the opening of the United States military base in Mashabim as the latest in a series of improvements to the country's anti-missile program.
Haimovich said the new battalion would enable Israel to deploy more Iron Dome systems in a more effective manner to counter regional threats on Israel's northern and southern borders.
"It's a few days before Rosh Hashanah" - the Jewish new year - "and we are undergoing a renewal and growing in our abilities that are important and necessary for the State of Israel".
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