The United States military deployed a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile battery to Israel, European Command (EUCOM) said in a statement on Monday.

“At the direction of the Secretary of Defense, US European Command deployed a THAAD system to Israel in early March,” the statement said.

The move is intended to demonstrate the United States’ ongoing commitment to Israel’s security, the statement added.

As part of the deployment, US service members will work in different locations in Israel to help local military forces align their existing air and missile defence architecture with the THAAD system.

The exercise will allow the US military to incorporate key capabilities stationed in the country and Europe with its partners in the Israeli military, EUCOM said.

The THAAD system, considered one of the most advanced in the world, will be added to the existing Israeli air defence.

The latter currently includes the Iron Dome, designed to shoot down short-range rockets and the Arrow system.

Commenting on the exercise, IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis specified the US anti-ballistic missile battery would be deployed in the south of the country and that about 200 American servicemen would participate in the drills.

 

 

Source: Sputnik

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“The THAAD system, considered one of the most advanced in the world”
=> Nope, just one of the most expensive, especially considering the pretty short range : 200km and 150km ceiling

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For $2bln, you have the AN/TPY-2 radar, 2 control posts, 6 launchers and 48 missiles. Well, for less, you pay for an Aegis destroyer with 90 RIM-161D block IIA in VLS, each ranging 2,500km…

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Israelis must have had a good laugh since their Arrow-3 ranges 2,400km and older Arrow-2 is as competent as THAAD for a fraction of the price.

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In fact, Yanks are more aligning their system to Israeli IADS and actually, it’s Israel who is helping the Yanks : Patriot PAAC-4 ‘Skyceptor’ is using the David’s Sling “Stunner” interceptor,…

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… ranging as much as PAC-2 for the 10th of the price while beeing loaded in the short range PAC-3 launchers… At $350k a Stunner while PAC-2 costs $3.5M and PAC-3 cost 2M and…

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… stunner is far more efficient than both, well, with 1,100 US’ Patriot launchers in need to reload because ageing missiles… Guess who helps who?

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Now let’s consider Boeing huge invests into Rafael for Arrow…
A THAAD interceptor costs $9M, a RIM-161D block IIA costs $18.4M-20.5M…

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Arrow costs 2-3M per interceptor… Arrow-3 is 6-7x cheaper than RIM-161D bloc IIA and Arrow-2 is 4-5x cheaper per launch than THAAD…

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Arrow costs 2-3M per interceptor… Arrow-3 is 6-7x cheaper than RIM-161D bloc IIA

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Now let’s talk about Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) : US are near having spend $50bln for 44 interceptors in service and 20 more requested

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and 40 launch tests with 13 failed… Meanwhile Rafael is preparing an Arrow-4 also destined to intercept serious ICBMs like Topol-M

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My 2 cents that, since Arrow-3 6-7x cheaper than RIM-161D, Arrow-4 will be way cheaper than GMD and will work well…

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US are already buyin the Raytheon license-built David’s Sling interceptor, they’re also buying Iron Dome now…

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An US already invested $2.4bln since the start of the Arrow program.

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In fact, we can expect THAAD, Aegis and GMD will end with license-built Rafael missiles.

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The roles have switched : It’s Israel helping the US defence!

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No missile defence system can stop the massive attack by Iran using thousands of missiles.

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Huhu, Iran tested their ICBM with 3 MIRVs last year in Syria. None of the warhead managed to hit the target.

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They have their bütts kicked by IDF in Syria, they tried to launch missiles on Israel, all were intercepted or crashed, so dream on.

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An frankly, all that most of Iranians want is to hang the mullahs to the 1st street-light. U don’t believe me? Look at Iran’s actuality!

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Dam workers in Gachsaran, place an empty tablecloth in front of the governor. for unpaid wages :
https://twitter.com/MostafaMe4/status/1102910854499131392

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Gilan Province, Locals rallying outside the provincial governor’s office, protesting poor economic conditions
https://twitter.com/HeshmatAlavi/status/1102869005948370945

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Employees of the railway station at Zarei Station of #Tabriz closed the railway from 8 AM protesting paycheck/pension delays
https://twitter.com/MostafaMe4/status/1102856819293208576

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Mobile phone store-owners are continuing their strike, protesting poor economic conditions
https://twitter.com/HeshmatAlavi/status/1102856023549886464

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Employees & retirees of the Greater Tehran Bus Company rallying outside the regime’s Labor Ministry
https://twitter.com/HeshmatAlavi/status/1102856017942065152

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UN Publishes Amnesty’s Call for probe into Iran’s 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners
https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2019/02/28/un-publishes-amnestys-call-for-probe-into-irans-1988-massacre-of-political-prisoners/

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Debts, debts, debts, big debts! The whole US is in an economic bubble. Soon the US will be insolvent.

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It doesn’t works like this! This is balanced : US pay less interests on their debt than they perceive on the money they loan, and, BTW, the money they loan is counted in what you wrongly call debt!

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By your bous reasoning, Luxembourg should have disintegrated under their deficit weight, it’s nowhere near to happen!

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Luxembourg “debt” is gigantic for a country w. 400k ppl… in fact, they also live on the interest of the money they loan. Luxo has no oil/gas but competes with Qatar for the highest GDP/capita on Earth

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I hear idiots talking about US soon to become bankrupt for 40 years 🙂
Nevertheless, US nominal GDP is around $20 trillions for 2018. So you know, a debt that is 1 year of GDP…

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Well, most of families buying a house have MUCH MORE than 1 year revenue as a debt 😉 Moreover, the 2 thirds are the military debt.

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They could EASILY sponge it by closing 600-700 of their 800+ overseas bases w.o. losing military power and influence at all, in fact, would I provide ’em my analyses, they could…

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… even gain more military power while reducing Pentagon’s annual budget to $300-350bln.

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With 45x C-5 Galaxy, 222x C-17, 204 C-130H, 115 C-130J (+15 on order), USAF could consider starting making money with their numerous cargo aircraft!

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Note that Russian AF acts like this : most of their cargoes are shared with the Aeroflot company 😉

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Moreover, if Yanks get rid of their useless overseas bases, there’d be less need for such transports.

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DHL owns 96 aircraft, Fedex owns about 400 “heavies” and there is a serious growth in air-cargoes needs, thanks to e-commerce.

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USAF making money would be very clever.

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The cargo fleet could easily earn around $5bln/year as a benefit.

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Moreover, look at their tanker fleet : 515 air-tanker, incl. 397 KC-135 (Boeing 707), the youngest being 54y old. Maintenance cost must be tremendous.

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It’s a pity lobbying torpedoed the purchase of A330-MRTT and now they o for KC-46 (B767) : A330-MRTT is 15% cheaper but is also modular

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UK are using their A330-MRTT as civilian airliners when they don’t need them as refuellers…

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A330-MRTT can also be used as a cargo, thanks to its modular building.

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US-Navy could also do serious budget cuts : instead of 3 G.Ford-class supercarriers, you can pay for 15 French DEAC, in fact, with the costs of what will remain of Nimitz-class

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It’d be cheaper to buy 20 DEAC, added with near double availability of ships, US-Navy would more than double its strike capability…It’d need only 7,000 personnel

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US-Navy needs near 65,000 ppl to man their 11 CVN. It’d require only 7,000 for 20 DEAC.

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Ooops, 27,000, bad typo!

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Same stuff for their amphibious ships. You pay for 6.6x Mistral-class ships with the price of a single America-class LHD

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America-class : 1060 crew + 1687 US-Marines.
Mistral-class : 180 crew + 900 Marines

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10 America-class LHA will end costing $34bln, need 10,600 crew and carry 16,870 marines. 20 Mistral-class cost $5.12bln, need 3,600 crew w. 18k Marines.

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Same shït for fighter jets : the purchase+R&D average cost for 2,183 F-35 is $171M/unit and an average lifelong cost of $514M adds to this = $685M/unit

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Over 50 years, incl purchase, a Rafale costs $240M and has nothing to envy on F-35, actually, it can also do the F-22’s job too.

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Replacing all F-35 and all F-22 with Rafale until 2070AD would cost $569bln instead of $1.508 trillion for F-35 alone.

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A FREMM stealth frigate costs $510M w. 32 VLS cells. A Zumwalt-class stealth destroyer costs $4.24bln w. 80 VLS cells

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It’s like this at ALL levels : the US military service is the biggest boondoggle on Earth. With a more clever way to manage the military…

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There could also be spares on the dept. of energy which takes care of nuke weapons. Keeping 6,850 nuclear warheads is futile. Replacing the 12 incoming Columbia-class

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submarines by French Triomphant-class would already spare $18bln… This would mean 1920 warheads, add 500 ASMP-A nuke cruise missiles…

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and 150 warheads for nuke bunker-busters… With 2,650 warhead, they’d already have more than enough to fück up the whole planet.

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Moreover, with it all and some other measures, military personnel could shrink to only 1 million… So, in the end, half a trillion $ can be spared each year

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on the military or military related stuff off-Pentagon’s budget, and they could even do more interventionism since USN would have more punch.

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At the same time, with less overseas bases, it’d be less tempting to intervene on dubious grounds. Some intelligence agencies, especially

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CIA, should also have budget cuts. The regime-change habits or even creating troubles as soon as some country disagrees with the US go against

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US constitution and the principles the republic is built on. In fact, if US are hated by many, it’s mostly due to CIA’s actions. Now it’s clear that there are

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a few nefarious regimes that’d need to be taken down, nevertheless, removing Saddam or Gaddafi, as for trying to remove Assad, while none

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was/is dangerous, same for Maduro, is absolutely moronic! Especially when you don’t touch regimes which are REALLY implied in terrorism,

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namely Turkey, Qatar, Pakistan, Iran. Hopefully, Saudis did a U-turn since Salman is king and Bandar fell in disgrace. I’d personally start by Qatar…

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Half of inhabitants being Indian expats, I’d make it an Indian overseas territory, moreover, the main Muslim Brotherhood source of revenues

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Ending in the hands of polytheists would be an even bigger insult than if Qatar fell to the Jews… In fact, if others don’t get the message…

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Considering India has 1.34bln population, ending with a serious Indian population more numerous than natives wouldn’t be an issue, especially since India needs energy…

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bigots like Erdogan or the mullahs would start to REALLY shït in their pants… Now I have my idea on how to neutralise Paki nuclear power too…

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But since these technologies are classified in my country, I’m not into spending jail time for having publicly disclosed stuff like this…