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Israeli Defense System to Protect American Troops on the Battlefield

The U.S.-Israel relationship benefits both countries and helps keep their citizens safe. Now the U.S. Army is purchasing an Israeli defense system to protect American soldiers on the battlefield.

Israeli defense company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has delivered its first consignment of Trophy anti-missile protection systems to the United States as part of a $500 million deal with the U.S. army.

The Trophy anti-missile protection system is known for its ability to defend tanks against an array of battlefield threats and has been used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) since 2011.

Rafael signed deals with the U.S. Army in 2018 to supply the military with these systems. Half of the components of the Trophy system are now being produced in the United States.

“There is great satisfaction that technology developed in Israel over many years of investment will play a major role in protecting U.S. soldiers - exactly as it protects our soldiers," Rafael CEO Yoav Har Even said in a statement on Tuesday.

Decades of Support in Congress

Since the 1990s, Congress has allocated over $7 billion for U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation. This funding has helped Israel pioneer cutting-edge technologies, including cyber defense systems, unmanned vehicles, and battlefield medical innovations that have saved countless American lives.

The strong relationship between the United States and Israel results in shared military technologies and techniques that greatly benefit both nations.

Recent advances in U.S.-Israel security cooperation

In July, the United States and Israel completed a successful test of the advanced Arrow-3 system in Kodiak, Alaska. The Arrow-3 defense system is a technology developed through U.S.-Israel collaboration which can intercept ballistic missiles outside of the Earth’s atmosphere, the safest way to destroy incoming missiles mounted with nuclear or biological warheads.

The successful test allowed Israel to upgrade its national missile defense capabilities, which in turn allows for greater protection of both American and Israeli forces deployed in the area.

In August, the U.S. Army finalized an agreement to purchase the Iron Dome missile defense system to protect American troops.

In August, in the mountains of Arizona, the U.S. Army tested the Israeli-made Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) anti-tank, guided missile. Spike was created by Rafael and is battle-proven in Israel. A long-range precision munition like Spike will provide the U.S. Army with the tools it needs to combat enemy targets.

Read more about U.S.-Israel defense cooperation.