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US deploys anti-missile radar in Israel
The X-band radar, installed in the Negev desert, has a range of more than 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles). It is operated by a permanent 120-strong US Army staff, the Israeli state radio reported.
An Israeli Defense Ministry official, however, rejected the report. The source told AFP that he did 'not know about such a deployment'.
In late July, a senior Pentagon official had said that US Defense Secretary Robert Gates agreed to explore deploying a powerful missile defense targeting radar in Israel.
"The idea here is to help Israel create a layered missile defense capability to protect it from all sorts of threats in the region, near and far," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
An X-band radar is a powerful phased array radar that can target the warhead of a long or medium range missile in space. The US has deployed one in Japan and plans to install a larger X-band radar in the Czech Republic.
The decision to deploy the radar was finalized during Israeli Defense Minister's recent visit to the US.
The radar will be able to receive data from US Defense Support System satellites.
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