U.S., Israel Agree on Deal to Deploy 'X-Band' in Negev
(IsraelNN.com) The United States and Israel have agreed on a deal to deploy the X-band early-warning missile radar system in the Negev desert, said a spokesman from the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency (M.D.A.). The new system of radars, which are linked to a U.S. satellite-based alert network, will be staffed by U.S. military personnel.
The announcement , which was published over the weekend in Defense News, said that although deployment was to have been put into action in 2009, it may be moved up to autumn 2008. This will mark the first time American military personnel are permanently based in Israel.