US military deploys THAAD anti-ballistic missile system to Israel

United States Armed Forces European Command said that a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system was deployed to Israel for an exercise at the direction of US Secretary of Defense.

Offloading of a THAAD system from a C-17 Globe Master III at Nevatim Air Base, Israel, March 1. US military photo

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

The US European Command said the deployment is “a demonstration of the United States’ continued commitment to Israel’s regional security under the Department of Defense’s Dynamic Force Employment concept.”

During the deployment, American service members will work in various locations throughout Israel and will practice operational procedures for augmenting Israel’s existing air and missile defense architecture.

“Our service members 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 US military command said.

It noted that United States’ strategic airlift capability, combined with close cooperation between the joint service community, and strong relationships with allies and partners, provides the US military the ability to rapidly deploy forces anywhere in the world.

“DoD’s Dynamic Force Employment changes the way the U.S. military employs our forces to provide proactive and scalable options in support of National Defense objectives. These actions make our activities unpredictable to adversaries while maintaining strategic predictability for our allies and partners,” US European Command said.