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Israeli newspaper: US procrastinates approval of Israeli missile sale to Germany

September 19, 2022 at 3:46 pm

PM Benjamin Netanyahu points at the Arrow-3 Anti-ballistic Missile System at the Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) MLM Division plant in the central Israeli town of Be’er Ya’akov on January 22, 2019 [TOMER APPELBAUM/AFP via Getty Images]

The United States is stalling in giving its approval for Israel to sell Arrow 3 missile defence system to Germany, the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom reported on Sunday.

German Chancellor Ulf Schulz had sought during his visit to Israel six months ago to purchase Israeli missiles, which is developed in coordination with the US and with US funding.

During his recent meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, the German chancellor reiterated his country’s request, Israel Hayom added.

The US approval “is needed as 80% of the system’s development costs, an estimated $2.2 billion came from US taxpayer money. In addition, Arrow 3 includes technological components developed in the US. A price of a single unit is three million dollars.”

After the Russian-Ukrainian war, a number of European countries, including Romania, also requested to obtain the Arrow 3 missile defence system from Israel.

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