The U.S. and Israeli military announced Thursday that for the first time, the U.S. military has temporarily deployed its most advanced Sad anti-missile system in Israel and put it into joint military exercises between the two countries.
This is the first time that Sade was used in the joint military exercises between the two countries. The U.S. military said that the temporary deployment of Sad not only reflects the U.S. militarys security commitment to Israel, but also aims to test the U.S. militarys ability to rapidly deploy similar systems around the world.
Sade is called the end of the high-altitude regional defense system. Lockheed Martin, the largest arms manufacturer in the United States, undertakes the main research and development and production. Systematic radar is built by Raytheon, another American military enterprise. Sad can intercept short, medium and long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles inside and outside the atmosphere.
The European Command of the U.S. Army said in a statement Thursday that the U.S. military decided to rapidly deploy Sad to Israel, with the intention of demonstrating the continued commitment of the United States to the security of the Israeli region. This rapid deployment exercise demonstrates the flexibility of the U.S. military to respond quickly and unpredictably to any threat at any time and place.
As part of the exercise, the U.S. military will operate the system in cooperation with IDF from different locations in Europe, the United States and Israel, the statement said. Reuters reported that U.S. military officials refused to disclose the time it took for Sad to arrive in Israel from its base in Brisburg, Texas.
IDF spokesman Jonathan Korikus told reporters that this deployment exercise, unlike previous US-Israeli joint military exercises, requires tactical collaboration on the ground. All the components of the Sad are now located at an air base in the Negev Desert in southern Israel and will soon be transferred to another location in southern Israel. The Israeli army refused to disclose the specific location and the deployment time of Sad.
Korikus said that the Israeli military has the opportunity to integrate Sad with the existing anti-missile system and simulate different situations.
Agence France-Presse reported that more than 200 U.S. military personnel from the United States and Italy participated in the joint military exercise.
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Conlikus stressed that the deployment of Sad has nothing to do with the development of the regional situation.
However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Sads first deployment of Israel on the same day, saying it confirmed the close military ties between the two countries and made Israel stronger in dealing with the threat from far and near in the Middle East.
According to the Associated Press, the deployment of Sad shows the United Statesconcerns about Irans missile development. Tensions between Israel and Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon almost escalated into confrontation earlier this year. Israel says Iran fired a missile from Damascus, the Syrian capital, into northern Israel and was successfully intercepted by Israeli air defense systems. In retaliation, Israel said it had hit several Iranian military targets in Syria.
Sade is favored by many countries in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia has agreed to purchase 44 Sad launchers, 360 Sad interceptor missiles and supporting equipment, with a total contract value of $15 billion. Saudi Arabias neighbour, the United Arab Emirates, has purchased Sad. (Ocean) (Xinhua News Agency Special Draft)