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JERUSALEM, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- The United States and Israel have agreed on the deployment of high-powered, early-warning missile radars in the Negev desert in southern Israel, local daily Ha'aretz reported Sunday on its website.
The radars, known as X-Band, will be linked to a U.S. satellite-based alert network, Ha'aretz said, adding the new system could double or even triple the missiles' range of identification, which would be particularly useful if Iran launches an attack on Israel.
Under the terms of the newly-reached agreement, U.S. military staff will be permanently based in Israel for the first time.
An Israeli security expert said the significance of the deal lies primarily in its linking Israel with the U.S. satellite system, which will add "precious minutes" to its early warning ability.