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US to deploy X-Band radar for missile defense in Israel

Aug. 17, 2008 3:54 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 17, 2008 3:54 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - The United States is deploying a high-powered early-warning radar system in the Negev desert in Israel, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

An American military spokesperson was quoted as saying that the radar, known as -Band, will be linked into the American satellite-based missile alert system, and could be used to detect a long-speculated missile strike by Iran.

American military personnel will operate the system beginning in early 2009. It will be the first permanent US military deployment in Israel. American army personnel were temporarily stationed in Israel during the 1991 Gulf War with Iraq.

The American-Israeli agreement was reported in the periodical Defense News, and was confirmed by Haaretz.

The agreement had previously been discussed in meetings with Israeli Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and his American counterpart, Admiral Mike Mullen, and by the civilian defense leadership of the two countries.

The US currently has X-Band radar deployed in Japan, and has plans to station another system in the Czech Republic.
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