The US European Command (USEUCOM) on Monday deployed a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in Israel in “as a demonstration of the United States’ continued commitment to Israel’s regional security under the Department of Defense’s Dynamic Force Employment concept,” the US Embassy stated.
“THAAD is the most advanced integrated air and missile defense system in the world, and this deployment readiness exercise demonstrates that US forces are agile, and can respond quickly and unpredictably to any threat, anywhere, at any time,” the statement added.
The THAAD deployed from the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas and the deployment incorporated some 200 soldiers based in the US and Europe.
During their deployment, the US troops will work in various locations throughout Israel and will practice operational procedures for augmenting Israel’s existing air and missile defense architecture.
The IDF stated that exercise “is part of US efforts to implement its operational concept and mission to assist in Israel’s aerial defense.”
“The deployment of this American system in Israel emphasizes the US’ commitment to the defense and security of Israel. It is also an opportunity for the IDF to practice integrating advanced American air defense systems into the IAF Air Defense Array,” the IDF added.