Washington and Tel Aviv successfully completed a joint-missile defence exercise which is regarded as pivotal to protecting the Jewish state from the threat posed by Tehran. Among the arsenal of weapons used in the shared operation included the powerful THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) system. The high-tech anti-ballistic missile is regarded of one of the Washington’s most advanced weapons.
The THAAD is capable of shooting down short, medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.
Israeli Missile Defence Commander, Ran Kochav said: “The system was integrated as an equivalent of the Israeli Arrow.”
Major General Andrew Rohling, Deputy Commander of US Army Europe insisted the mission provided good practise to its troops but added it was “critical” the US was “combat-ready” to “support our allies and partners across the theatre”.
Major General Rohling said: “The Department of Defence called on them on short notice to rapidly deploy a THAAD system thousands of miles across the globe, and then integrate into one of the most complex missile defence architectures in the world.”
He added: “The ability to rapidly surge combat-ready forces into and across the theatre is critical to projecting forces at a moment’s notice to support our allies and partners across the theatre.”
The US Missile Defence Agency describe THAAD as a “land-based element capable of shooting down a ballistic missile both inside and just outside the atmosphere”.
According to the agency it so far has a 100 percent accuracy rate, the US says it has “completed 15 successful intercepts in 15 attempts since program initiation” with the last two operations conducted in July 2017.
This comes as the head of Israel’s National Security Council, Meir Ben-Shabbat, met with his US counterpart John Bolton in Washington on Monday, to discuss Iran and “other destabilising actors”.
In a post on Twitter on Sunday, Mr Boulton said the pair would discuss their “shared commitment to countering Iranian malign activity & other destabalising actors in the Middle East and around the world”.