US Gives Israel THAAD Missile Defense
By Micah Halpern
Tuesday March 5, 2019
I've Been Thinking:
Over the past few days the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system has been deployed in Israel for the first time.
The United States is showing its support of Israel by deploying this new weapon in Israel. These 200 US soldiers will, without a doubt, enhance and supplement Israel's security.
This weapon will add to Israel's already extensive anti-missile defense shield system and protect against attacks from Iran and Syria.
The THAAD anti-rocket land-to-air defense system is made by Lockheed Martin. Its rocket travels at Mach 8.24 - that translates to 2.8 kilometers per second.
In October of 2017 the US provided Saudi Arabia with the THAAD. The obvious reason, at that time, was to protect the Saudia from an Iranian threat.
The THAAD system costs about $15 billion. It is an investment well worth it when it comes to protecting US allies.
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