Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Report: Israel eyes U.S.-made missile-killer

Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Tuesday 02 January 2007

Israel is reportedly considering the acquisition of an American missile-killer to replace a locally made version.
Haaretz reported Tuesday that Israel and the United States are in talks on the possible purchase of the THAAD (Theater High-Altitude Area Defense) system, which would replace the Israeli-made Arrow-II.

The advantage to Israel of buying the THAAD would be that it could be at least partly funded by U.S. aid disbursements. But Arrow is for now the world´s only tried and tested ballistic missile-killer, and its development is seen by many Israelis as symbolic of the Jewish state´s self-reliance in security matters.

Israeli and U.S. officials had no immediate comment on the Haaretz report.

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