U.S. To Deploy Radar, Troops in Israel Move Called Safeguard Against Iran Missile Threat
Israelis to get X-band early warning radar, but not allowed to operate it
Tel Aviv - As part of extensive, bilateral preparations against the growing threat from Iran, the Pentagon wants to deploy one of its powerful X-Band radars in Israel, along with personnel from U.S. European Command to operate the long-range early warning system.
shows three missiles rising into the air as a forth remains in the launcher on the ground during a test-firing in an undisclosed location in the Iranian desert on July 9. (AFP) U.S. and Israeli sources said the ground-based radar and supporting troops could arrive here early next year, perhaps even sooner if they are to participate in a late autumn milestone test of the Arrow weapon system, as some here have proposed.
Moreover, sources here said the Pentagon has agreed to link the radar - the same AN-TPY-2 system now in Japan - into the U.S. Joint Tactical Ground Station (JTAGS) to improve cueing of defending interceptors.
According to officials and experts here, the JTAGS will remain in Europe, where they receive direct downlinks from the U.S. constellation of Defense Support Program satellites. However, the two governments are arranging for the near instantaneous feed of JTAGS cueing data back to the U.S.-operated radar in Israel.
In parallel, U.S. data will stream into Israel's Citron Tree battle management system, a key element linking Israel's Super Green Pine early warning radar with U.S.-Israel anti-missile interceptors.
"The X-Band will be transferred not as an organic part of the Israeli homeland defense, but as a permanent deployment of U.S. capabilities and personnel to a site within Israel, which then connects to the homeland defense network via an interoperability node," an Israeli defense expert here said.