U.S. Radar in Israel: What’s it For, Really? (Updated)
Noah Shachtman - October 03, 2008
A few weeks back, the U.S. Army’s European Command set up an early-warning radar system in Israel. It’s ostensible purpose is to boost defenses against Iranian missiles. But Entropic Memes wonders whether there isn’t something more to this radar than meets the eye.
The AN/TPY-2 radar is one of the “key component[s]” in the “American Forward-Based Radar global missile-defense system,” Entropic Memes notes. And it has a huge range — about 2000 kilometers, by some estimates.
Placed in Israel, the radar could watch over most of Iran. But it also covers a broad swath of the Middle East and the Caucasus, too. Plus, EM observes, “you can’t help but wonder why the system wasn’t installed in Iraq, or better yet Afghanistan.” That “would ensure full coverage of Iran - and, in the case of Afghanistan, provide coverage of Pakistan as well.”