[DEBATE] : U.S. to fund Israel's Arrow 3 missile system
Riaz K Tayob
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Thu May 21 14:02:07 BST 2009
U.S. to fund Israel's Arrow 3 missile system: report May 21, 2009
The United States has said it will provide the full funding for the
development and production of Israel's Arrow 3 anti-missile system,
local daily The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.
Citing defense officials, the report said that the American decision was
revealed during an annual session of the strategic dialogue that Israeli
Defense Ministry Director-General Pinchas Buhris held with his U.S.
counterpart in Washington Wednesday.
In recent months, there has been grave concerns in Israel that the
United States, which has supported the Arrow project since its inception
over 20 years ago, would end the funding due to major cuts made to the
U.S. defense budget by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
The development cost for the coming year will likely reach some100
million U.S. dollars, according to the report.
Israel and the United States are also developing David's Sling, a
missile defense system with a range between 70 and 250 km against
The Arrow 3 will be a longer-range version of the Arrow defense system
currently in Israel Defense Forces operation, said the report, adding
that it will be capable of intercepting incoming enemy missiles at
higher altitudes and farther distance away from Israel.
U.S. to fund Israel's Arrow 3 missile system: report - People's Daily
Online (21 May 2009)
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