U.S. Deploys Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) System to Israel

The U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) has deployed a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to Israel in early March at the direction of the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

The statement from USEUCOM said that the deployment was conducted as a demonstration of the United States’ continued commitment to Israel’s regional security under the Department of Defense’s Dynamic Force Employment concept.

THAAD is the most advanced integrated air and missile defense system in the world, and this deployment readiness exercise demonstrates that U.S. forces are agile, and can respond quickly and unpredictably to any threat, anywhere, at any time.

This deployment incorporates key capabilities, systems and people stationed in the continental U.S. and Europe, and with the partners in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

During the deployment, the U.S. service members will work in various locations throughout Israel and will practice operational procedures for augmenting Israel’s existing air and missile defense architecture. They will refine network connectivity, validate requirements for the THAAD system, and will conduct multinational training and security cooperation activities with our allies to improve interoperability and build readiness.

The THAAD was deployed from the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas.

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) said in a statement that the deployment is defensive in nature and is not related to any specific current event.

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