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Posted on 04/27/2012 8:31:04 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
US Wants a Stake in Israels Iron Dome Technology
Defense lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are demanding rights to Israels Iron Dome Technology before releasing the requested $680 million to follow-on production of the Iron Dome anti-rocket weapon systems for Israel, Washington news blog The Hill reports. The United States has invested nearly $900 million into Iron Dome work, yet it has no rights to the technology involved, according to the subcommittees legislation. The House proposal should share some rights to the weapons proprietary technology as is consistent with prior U.S.-Israeli missile defense cooperation, according to the subcommittee. If the new funding is granted, the US investment in the production phase of the Iron Dome would more than triple Israels own investment in the development of the system.
While Israel often relies on US funding for full-scale development of its defense systems (such as the Merkava, Arrow or Davids Sling), the Israeli MOD has reserved proprietary rights to some highly sensitive technologies, including missiles, satellites, unmanned systems. As such proprietary technology, the Iron Dome anti-rocket weapon was developed exclusively, in record time, by Israels RAFAEL Advanced defense Systems, with an Israeli investment of nearly one billion Israeli Shekels (US$260 million.) Al the systems elements, including the radar, battle management system, communications and the unique effector (including the missile interceptor, guidance and warhead), are products of Israeli inventions. This investment enabled the Israelis to accelerate the development, fielding the system within less than three years from the unofficial program launch.
Beside the rapid availability of such an asset, which already proved critical for the countrys defense in the past year, by owning this Intellectual Property could enable Israel to export the system to its allies abroad without any foreign restrictions. Several customers have already lined up for the system and, executives at RAFAELs partner Raytheon Company believe the U.S. itself could be interested in its capability.
Iron Dome is a game changer. The threats Israel faces from incoming, indiscriminate terrorist rocket attacks are countered by this cutting edge anti-missile system. Iron Dome is fundamentally shifting political, diplomatic and military realities on the ground said U.S. Rep. Howard L. Berman, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and author of the Iron Dome Support Act (IDSA).
Original co-sponsors of the legislation include Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee, U.S. Rep Steve Chabot (R-OH), the Chairman of the Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), and U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY). Now House members are introducing a new claim, as they want Missile Defense Agency chief Lt. Gen. Patrick OReilly to ensure the United States has appropriate rights to this technology before further money is moved.
House members suggest DOD and OReilly should explore any opportunity to enter into co-production of the Iron Dome system with Israel, in light of the significant U.S. investment in this system, according to the panels draft bill. Iron Dome developer RAFAEL and the US Raytheon Company have formed an ongoing cooperation for the development and future production of the Davids Sling medium-range air and missile defense system. Agreements about possible cooperation on the future production of Iron Dome have also been discussed, and Raytheon has informally briefed US military about the system its possible uses to defend US forces deployed abroad.
Support for the Iron Dome is mounting on the Hill, since President Obama introduced his version of the FY2013 budget proposal, which didnt include funding for the Israeli anti-rocket weapon program. In March, the Pentagon said it intended to seek funds to help Israel buy more Iron Dome equipment. At the same time a bipartisan group introduced the Iron Dome Support Act in Congress, authorizing the administration to provide more funds for Israel to extend the air-defense system (UPI). A month later, a bill earmarking up to $680 million for Iron Dome procurement over three years from 2012 to 2015, was put together by members of the House of Representatives Republicans led by House Foreign Affairs Committee. Israeli officials said in early April that the ministry is seeking $700 million from the United States to pay for at least four additional Iron Dome batteries to reinforce the three already deployed.
RAFAEL is offering a mobile version of Iron Dome, for domestic and export customers. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update
The first Iron Dome anti-rocket system, was deployed on 'operational evaluation' near Beer Sheva in the Israeli Negev desert on March 2011. Weeks later it successfully engaged multiple salvos of 122mm rockets fired from Gaza at the city.
Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense Update.
Isreal shouldn’t give a damn thing to the us, it would be taken by the obama regime and given to the terrorists including iran.
Not until MItt’s in office.
Obama will just give it to the Russians and Chicoms.
was thinking the exact same thing
BINGO! We have a winner!
I see two possible reasons for this demand. The first is that the US wants in on proprietary data the Israelis have but have not shared; and it also wants a veto on who the Israelis can sell the system to. And these are both important.
That proprietary data is important to the US so it can learn how to overcome Iron Dome if necessary, or repair what others have done to overcome it. Of secondary importance to develop its own systems. (Though I think the US should be developing 3 or 4 generations beyond Iron Dome for our purposes).
The veto is very important, because several very important pieces of Israeli military tech have already leaked to nations we do not want to get such technology. Israel might make confidentiality and use agreements with other countries, but it cannot enforce those agreements.
This article is BS. I know personally that the US Missile Command in Huntsville Alabama has ample access to the research and development for the entire Arrow Missile Program. Same goes for other allied research and development along the same lines of technology from both Germany and Japan. Maybe the truth lies in this article not being aware that there are more allied research efforts and the US military actaully has the fourth program... all independent of one another but assuredly with input from Israel, Germany and Japan the US program is the most advanced.
While not this technology, the Israelis were quite busy giving their own and our technology to the Chicoms till we took them behind the woodshed and told them to cut it out.
You nailed that. When he leaves the White House I hope someone has the sense to change all the locks, codes and computer access info.
I’m just amazed at how, at the same time that much of the Left is becoming openly anti-Israel, some conservatives have let themselves get to the point where they are more pro-Israel than pro-America. Neither path is a good one.
I believe the distinction here is that the Arrow contains both US funding and technology (Boeing) while the Iron Dome has little or no American technological input.
They would be utter fools to trust it anywhere near obastard.
You are correct, as clinton was selling our technology to the chicoms...
Set up a deal with India, and tell the slavemaster to go scr*w himself.
The US is not an ally.
And idea on the size of that system? It looks like it would be transportable on whatever can haul a 20 foot container.
Im sure the Muslim Brotherhood Officials Obama has Appointed to the State Department,Defense Depatment,Homeland Security would love to have The Information on the missle defense system also
And somehow get it to the Iranians, the Taliban and the Muslim Brotherhood governments he is installing throughout North Africa and the non-Saudi portions of the Arabian peninsula.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
Probably better for Israel to make them themselves.
For an amusing development through the looking glass....
Now apparently this is a success created by Obama... despite him initially not approving funds... despite it taking Congress to force the issue... now he’s the one responsible for it and deserves some thanks.