Dear Members and Friends,
As President Barack Obama continues his tour of Israel, one of the most valuable assets, for the protection and defense of Israel, is the presence of a United States forward based radar that is deployed in Southern Israel, towards Iran. It is imperative, for the security of Israel, to clearly see and define all incoming missile threats early to track, discriminate, process, cue, and target in absolute definition in order to adequately defend against them.
There are three critical tools within a missile defense system that provide the highest confidence in tracking, discrimination, and targeting volumes of sophisticated and unsophisticated missiles 1) the placement, the deployment and quality of the sensors, 2) the collection and fusion of all of the sensors to provide the best tracking to the best interceptor, and 3) the discrimination capability on the missile defense interceptor.
This invaluable United States missile defense presence is a set of eyes, protecting the over seven million people in the state of Israel today. This asset is the forward based AN/TPY-2 radar that provides quality and persistent searching and tracking to target incoming missiles far beyond the horizon and cue all of the missile defense platforms and their system sensors protecting Israel. This United States AN/TPY-2 radar enables all the current missile defense assets, in and around Israel, to perform more efficiently and effectively; from the United States Aegis BMD ships in the Mediterranean Sea, to Israel’s Arrow 2, and Patriot Advanced Capability 2 systems deployed throughout Israel.
We give great credit to our few men in the U.S. Army green of the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery 13th attachment of the 10th AAMDC that command the AN/TPY-2 radar and to those brave United States civilian contractors that keep this sensor running 24/7 here in Israel. This invaluable team makes a tremendous difference in the responsibility of helping to defend the state of Israel.
It was a privilege and an honor to be amongst these soldiers and civilians earlier this month at their site to recognize what they do and give them great appreciation for this mission of peace that they help provide. To have our American citizens out there holding down the site, close to hostile territories, with the reliance of Israel’s military to defend them while they do the work to stand vigilant for all, is truly a selfless mission that is unheralded and of vital importance for the state of Israel and the stability of this region.