US THAAD deployed for first time in Israel for joint drill

The USEUCOM Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) System is to be deployed in southern Israel for a joint drill in which some 200 US troops will take part, the US embassy and IDF spokesman announced on Monday, March 4.

The THAAD system, the most advanced systems of its kind in the world, will be added to the existing Israeli air defense systems which defend against long-range ballistic missiles, the US Defense Department said. The purpose of its tactical deployment is “to train the ability to rapidly deploy complex systems around the world, while strengthening capabilities and cooperation with the air defense systems of the Israel Air Force.

“During the deployment, US service members will work in various locations throughout Israel and practice operational procedures for augmenting Israel’s existing air and missile defense architecture. They will refine network connectivity, and conduct multinational training and security cooperation activities,” the US DoD said. The THAAD is deployed from the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas.
Israel’s air defenses currently include the Iron Dome, designed to shoot down short-range rockets; the Arrow system, which intercepts ballistic missiles outside of the Earth’s atmosphere; and the David’s Sling missile defense system, which is designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets, as well as cruise missiles fired at ranges between 40 to 300 km.

The joint US-Israeli drill comes shortly after the completion of Juniper Falcon 2019, which tested the level of coordination between the two countries in the event of an Iranian ballistic missile threat against Israel.

DEBKAfile: The THAAD and Arrow systems are both hooked onto the early warning systems of USEUCOM, the US European Command, through the advanced US X-band FBX-T radar which is located at a US base in the Israeli Negev. From that base, every Iranian missile launch is monitored.

Our political sources also reveal that, by the THAAD deployment to Israel, the Trump administration demonstrates how far it is ready to go to defend this country against Iranian threats – and also whom Washington prefers to see in charge of Israel’s security.

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38 thoughts on “US THAAD deployed for first time in Israel for joint drill

  • Mar 4, 2019 @ 16:10 at 16:10
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    Are these alternatives to Putler’s (Путлер) Communist S-300 rockets? Putler (Путлер) and Rushists (Рашисты) perhaps could use these to attack Free Ukraine, too?

    • Mar 7, 2019 @ 0:14 at 0:14
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      these missile are designed to shoot down ballistic missiles.

  • Mar 4, 2019 @ 16:11 at 16:11
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    Trump a great President.

    • Mar 5, 2019 @ 7:16 at 7:16
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      deploy it in other countries –to erase them from the map . Why they do not deploy it in UK ot better in Germany ? The reason might be strange , but not stupid . Taad codes are running all over net , you can even read them in newspapers –and they will put in Israel to teach government reps how to read ?

      • Mar 5, 2019 @ 11:07 at 11:07
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        “deploy it in other countries –to erase them from the map . Why they do not deploy it in UK ot better in Germany ? The reason might be strange , but not stupid . Taad codes are running all over net , you can even read them in newspapers –and they will put in Israel to teach government reps how to read ?”

        @solomeo,

        I just had to read your comment a couple of times and…………………..I’m just waiting for the day when you actually post something that makes any sense at all, as just about NOTHING could be intelligently gleaned from your comment quoted above!

      • Mar 6, 2019 @ 0:12 at 0:12
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        “Deploy it on other countries…” what does that mean?
        “Why they do not deploy it in UK ot better in Germany?” Huh?
        “Taad codes are running all over the net, … and in newspapers” I am sorry but this is gibberish.

  • Mar 4, 2019 @ 16:12 at 16:12
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    Now that Israel has a strong defensive range of technologies at its disposal, it is time to make sure that these systems are never needed with a strong offensive move to neutralize the missiles and nuclear programs of others who have their weaponry pointed at Israel. Israel also needs to attack the propaganda coming from a world which wants another Holocaust to install another Caliphate.

    • Mar 4, 2019 @ 16:16 at 16:16
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      No, please, not another Hollywood miniseries starring Meryl Streep!

      • Mar 5, 2019 @ 11:25 at 11:25
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        “No, please, not another Hollywood miniseries starring Meryl Streep!”

        iVaN, that fellow patient in your ward is STILL TAPPING ON YOUR SHOULDER………………won’t you finally give him a chance to get on that community computer?

    • Mar 5, 2019 @ 11:17 at 11:17
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      ” it is time to make sure that these systems are never needed with a strong offensive move to neutralize the missiles and nuclear programs of others who have their weaponry pointed at Israel.”

      If Israel took that proactive action, the UN and the Europeans would get “mad at them” and everybody would get all upset, especially the left-wing media (i.e. HOW DARE the Israelis attack peaceful missile sites in southern Lebanon)!

    • Mar 10, 2019 @ 19:17 at 19:17
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      how “strong” does a defence have to be, to stop 150,000 missiles? and that’s just from hezbollah. just the cost of interceptors, let alone the damage from failed intercepts, is way too high.

      it’s time to deal with the head of the snake, instead of the tail.

  • Mar 4, 2019 @ 16:22 at 16:22
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    Need to make it a permanent installation, . . . US troops stationed in Israel is the biggest deterrent to the savages living around them.

    • Mar 4, 2019 @ 16:31 at 16:31
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      Good idea which I have also expressed support but it is only okay when Trump is in power. What happens if/when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib or Ilhan Omar(or any Dem for that matter) become President?

      • Mar 4, 2019 @ 17:35 at 17:35
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        All options will be on the table for everyone everywhere. That is when Armageddon will take place.

      • Mar 4, 2019 @ 17:37 at 17:37
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        You are very perceptive and correct in your question.

      • Mar 5, 2019 @ 6:24 at 6:24
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        Well said , israel ok with Trump but not with Shumer Pelosi

    • Mar 4, 2019 @ 17:40 at 17:40
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      Of course. But the unfortunate reality is that Trump is beholden to the isolationist wing in his party, which means everything is fine as long as there does not appear to be any risk of a war.

      • Mar 4, 2019 @ 19:43 at 19:43
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        the unfortunate reality is that trump has been “trumped” by the chickenhawk, neocon, military-industrial complex, deep state, cia wing of the monoparty. If he tried to bring ALL the troops home, as he should, he would probably be “JFK’d”.

        • Mar 4, 2019 @ 21:02 at 21:02
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          It would be well deserved.

    • Mar 4, 2019 @ 19:09 at 19:09
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      Complete waste of money. The Jews need to learn to defend themselves if they are to be considered a sovereign country…

      • Mar 5, 2019 @ 10:39 at 10:39
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        The Jews have done a magnificent job of defending themselves. There own Arrow system, David Sling, and Iron Dome are as good as anyone’s. This deployment is a show of support, nothing more. Israel doesn’t need help defending itself.

      • Mar 5, 2019 @ 11:37 at 11:37
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        “Complete waste of money. The Jews need to learn to defend themselves if they are to be considered a sovereign country…”

        @ “Trump is the new prophet”,

        1948………….1956…………..1967……………1973…………………there must be more to life than just watching SPONGE BOB!

    • Mar 10, 2019 @ 19:25 at 19:25
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      the “savages” haven’t been deterred from blowing up american troops in afghanistan, iraq, syria, libya or jordan. even the ones trying to help them.

      maybe they can come to israel for a safe place to r&r, like the unifil troops.

  • Mar 4, 2019 @ 18:37 at 18:37
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    Every Country wants the Iranian nuclear threat Neutralized and the UN Security Council will blame Israel no matter who does it.

    • Mar 5, 2019 @ 11:45 at 11:45
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      “Every Country wants the Iranian nuclear threat Neutralized and the UN Security Council will blame Israel no matter who does it.”

      @Moishe,

      If that happens, the UN will blame Israel AND the US…………..they’re flexible enough to put the blame on both!

  • Mar 4, 2019 @ 19:31 at 19:31
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    We need to get US nukes in Israel

    • Mar 4, 2019 @ 19:39 at 19:39
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      an, you gotta be kidding. Coals to newcastle?

    • Mar 5, 2019 @ 10:39 at 10:39
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      The Jews have done a magnificent job of defending themselves. There own Arrow system, David Sling, and Iron Dome are as good as anyone’s. This deployment is a show of support, nothing more. Israel doesn’t need help defending itself.

  • Mar 4, 2019 @ 21:25 at 21:25
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    Would love to know if this system (THAAD) will remain in Israel after the joint U.S./Israeli drill.

  • Mar 4, 2019 @ 22:03 at 22:03
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    Just a baterry? At least it’s real?

  • Mar 4, 2019 @ 22:04 at 22:04
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    Yes this is Mr. Trump’s one word answer to his counterpart in the Kremlin. THAAD. Unlike the SA300/400, and fool proof Pantsir, THAAD actually works. Should the Iranian’s be stupid enough to test it, they will also find out that US stealth technology work as well.

    The much vaulted Russian SU-57, 5th generation fighter is a disaster, in a way that only a communist country can graft and bribe such disasters. It won’t be operation until 2029 and by then, will be nearly a generation behind US 5th generation fighters. It sure looks good in pictures, too bad it’s really a flying toilet with wings. Ask any pilot that’s flown one. Oh wait, you can’t…they’d be shot dead by uncle Vlad.

    Today’s warfare is determined by air superiority. If you don’t have it, you can win. Lucky the Russians know this too. Perhaps they can whisper in the Mullah’s ears?

    • Mar 5, 2019 @ 2:04 at 2:04
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      – The Iranian’s what?
      – “much vaulted” – much-vaunted
      – “in” operation
      – “can” win – can’t win

      All this and numerous punctuation errors too.

      • Mar 5, 2019 @ 3:10 at 3:10
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        thank you punctuation police… you have saved us.

    • Mar 5, 2019 @ 3:35 at 3:35
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      Bwahahaha! — ‘THAAD. Unlike the SA300/400, and fool proof Pantsir, THAAD actually works’

      Good enough to SUCCESSFULLY not only stymie but GAMECHANGE the Israelis!

  • Mar 5, 2019 @ 18:45 at 18:45
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    Today is March 5
    The Juniper drill ended in February
    whats up?

  • Mar 6, 2019 @ 1:15 at 1:15
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    Breaking: Mandelblit Backs Barring Member of Kahanist Party From Election –
    Otzma Yehudit responds, ‘The Anti-Kahanist cat is out of the bag’

  • Mar 6, 2019 @ 3:21 at 3:21
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    Putler’s Rockets (Коммунистические Ракеты Путлера), aka S-1000, are gloriously flying towards the Glorious Communism! Commies Rushists (Рашисты) are marching gloriously, “Heil Putler! Heil Putler! Heil Putler and Communism!”

  • Mar 6, 2019 @ 14:52 at 14:52
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    Actually they US X-band FBX-T radar are located in Turkey..closer to Iran..and has been there for a while..some places in Turkey citezens and amry just cant visit..hence peeving at alliy at times

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