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Israel, US Sync Missile Defense Systems

David's Sling Missile Defense System during a test launch in December 2015 (Photo: United States Missile Defense Agency)

Despite occasional disagreements, the United States and Israel continue to be one another's greatest allies, politically and militarily. The Jerusalem Post's Yaakov Lappin reports that their cooperation includes syncing the two nations' air defense systems in order to prepare for a joint response during future conflicts:

In face of the increasing missile threat to Israel, the Defense Ministry and the US Missile Defense Agency completed a test in recent days aimed at synching Israeli and American air defense systems so they can operate cooperatively in a future war.

During the trial - the first of its kind - the physical "connectivity" between the systems was tested. The test involved sites scattered around the United States, Israel, and Europe.

Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT - Elisra led the trial, which was designed to see if Israel's Arrow systems, and David's Sling, could link up with American systems.

The trial involved a "central Israeli development site, and sites spread out across the United States," the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Dozens of Israeli and American personnel took part, as did units from the US military's European Command.

The David's Sling intermediate air defense system is scheduled to go into mass production in the coming months after it was handed over to the the Air Force in recent months.

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