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U.S. Tests Fires System Protecting Gaza Pier

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The analysis confirms that on May 17, defensive systems for a temporary pier on the Gaza coast underwent testing. Specifically, the Mobile-Low, Slow, Small Unmanned Aircraft Integrated Defeat System (M-LIDS) and Land-based Phalanx Weapons System (LPWS) were tested to ensure functionality. As of May 22, 820.5 metric tons of aid were delivered to the beach transfer point, and 506 metric tons were distributed to a UN warehouse.

Experts praise the deployment of these defensive systems, citing the threat from terrorist groups in Gaza, including Hamas, al-Qaeda, and Islamic State affiliates. These groups view the pier as a high-value target due to its symbolic association with the United States.

Humanitarian aid resumed on May 22 after logistical delays, with National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan acknowledging ongoing challenges in aid delivery. On May 23, three U.S. service members were injured in non-combat incidents on the pier.

The LPWS, part of the C-RAM system, and M-LIDS are highlighted for their roles in defending against rockets, mortars, and drones, enhancing the pier's security. The C-RAM system has a proven track record in protecting U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, while M-LIDS adds mobile C-UAS capabilities, including electronic warfare and interceptors.

Read Full analysis at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies


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