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US Army scraps $1b. Iron Dome project, after Israel refuses to provide key codes

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  1. dani191

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    US Army scraps $1b. Iron Dome project, after Israel refuses to provide key codes
    American military abandons plans to buy two more Israeli missile defense batteries, integrate system into existing air defenses, due to cyber vulnerabilities and other problems
    By JASON SHERMAN7 March 2020, 2:59 am 27
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      An Iron Dome Missile Defense battery fires an intercepting missile on August 9, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)


      The US Army said it was curbing its plans to adopt the Iron Dome missile defense system due to concerns about its compatibility with existing US technologies, scrapping its plans to buy two more batteries and explore long-term integration of the Israel-developed system.

      A central problem was Israel’s refusal to provide the US military with Iron Dome’s source code, hampering the Americans’ ability to integrate the system into their air defenses.

      Gen. Mike Murray, head of Army Futures Command, said the service identified a number of problems — including cyber vulnerabilities and operational challenges — during efforts last year to integrate elements of Iron Dome with the US Army’s Integrated Battle Command System.

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      “It took us longer to acquire those [first] two batteries than we would have liked,” Murray told the House Armed Service tactical air and land forces subcommittee on Thursday. “We believe we cannot integrate them into our air defense system based on some interoperability challenges, some cyber challenges and some other challenges.”

      Last year, the Army announced plans to acquire two Iron Dome batteries to provide US forces an interim cruise missile defense capability, as well as explore full adoption of the Israeli-developed system for a program called Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept program.

      The Army earmarked over $1 billion for the project to pluck select Iron Dome components and integrate them with US military’s Integrated Battle Command System by 2023.





      The Israeli Missile Defense Organization and the Army last August inked a deal for two Iron Dome batteries. Soon thereafter, according to sources, Army officials repeatedly requested Iron Dome “source code” — proprietary information detailing how the system works.

      Israel supplied engineering information but ultimately declined to provide the source code the Army said it needed to integrate Iron Dome components with US systems.

      The Army decision was based on the impasse over Iron Dome’s source code, not shortcomings identified in a physical technical assessment.

      “I think everybody kind of knew going in that Iron Dome is on one hand a proven system with a lot of operational experience, but everyone also knew going in that it was tailor made for Israel, and so it is not going to be optimized for the United States,” said Tom Karako, a missile defense expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. “I see this development as not surprising.”

      Still, the US Marine Corps successfully integrated elements of the Iron Dome with the service’s existing radar and command and control system during a live-fire event last summer.

      That test event — which linked the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) and Common Aviation Command and Control System with elements of Iron Dome — was part of an effort to identify potential solutions to an urgent request from US commanders for a medium-range intercept capability, according to the Marine Corps.

      The US Army said it was now adjusting its Iron Dome plans.

      “So what we’ve ended up having was two stand-alone batteries that will be very capable but they cannot be integrated into our air defense system,” Murray told Congress.

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      Gen. Mike Murray, Commanding General of US Army Futures Command, at a conference in Washington, DC, October 10, 2018. (John Martinez/US Army Futures Command)
      Because Iron Dome will not be integrated with other elements of the US Army’s air- and missile-defense system, the service is cancelling plans to buy a second pair of Iron Dome batteries by 2023.

      This development is prompting the Army to launch a new acquisition strategy for its Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept program that features an open invitation to participate in a “shoot-off” next year in a bid to deliver a cruise missile defense capability by 2023.

      “So, we’re working on a path right now… on a way forward,” Murray said. “We anticipate a shoot-off open to US industry, foreign industry, to go after whatever is the best solution to provide that capability.”

      Since 2011, Congress has provided Israel more than $1.5 billion to produce Iron Dome batteries, developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. In August 2011, Raytheon and Rafael — which partnered on David’s Sling, a US-Israeli cooperative missile defense development program — announced an agreement to allow Raytheon to market Iron Dome in the United States.

      In 2014, the US and Israeli governments signed a co-production agreement to enable some portions of the Iron Dome system to be produced in the United States.

      An Iron Dome battery includes a radar built by ELTA and six launchers, each equipped with 20 interceptors.
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  2. aziqbal

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    US gives billions to Israel in aid

    then Israel doesnt give source codes to US

    so this is how Israel treats US imagine how they treat Palestinians

    and then you wonder why 65 million Americans dont have access to dentist
     
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  3. pakpride00090

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    Almost all of Isreali technology is stolen from US.. Jew lobby/people over there have more loyalty to Israel than US.

    Books written by ex-mossad case officer ,Victor Ostrovsky who later escaped Canada sheds some light on it.
     
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  4. Salmanov

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    Israel also backstabbing America by giving tech to China and Russia
     
  5. Beny Karachun

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    Israel won't give it to anyone.
    If it's hacked a very major part of Israel's air defense could be in danger, that's why we want to keep it for ourselves.

    We don't owe the code to the US, regardless of their support. Our right to reject.

    The Palestinians are an unrelated issue, quit diverting subjects.

    US doesn't believe in free healthcare, and the 4 billion Israel recieves every year aren't enough to cover for dental procedures anyways.
    4 billion divided by 65 millon is 61 dollars per man, which is pretty much nothing.
     
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    hah things not so rosy in sugar daddie land anymore:partay:, I wonder who is the daddie here the Israelis or the Americans....
     
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    Israel is right, its technology, it has autonomy.
    The United States can decide whether to give money to Israel or not.
    Just because the United States has given aid, it must give anything to the United States?
    The Jews have taken over the deep government of the United States.
     
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    Who says Israelis don't have a sense of humour?