U.S. lawmakers have approved boosting funding for Israel’s missile defense program by $173 million in fiscal 2014 as the Jewish state’s military establishment draws up a new defense doctrine to protect cities from Hezbollah’s growing missile arsenal.
The Jerusalem Post reported that Israeli military intelligence now believes that the Iranian-backed Lebanese movement now possesses around 5,000 long-range missiles that can reach Tel Aviv, the country’s largest conurbation, and carry warheads packing between 1,300 pounds and one ton of explosives.
On Monday, leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives Armed Services Committees unveiled a cut-down defense authorization bill for the coming fiscal year that would boost U.S. missile defense spending by $358 million to $9.5 billion.
The legislation also authorizes additional funding of $173 million for joint missile defense projects underway with Israel.
Funds for collaborative missile projects with Israel are separate from the $3.1 billion in military aid the United States provides Israel annually.
The bill must now go before Congress for a final vote. The legislation’s promoters called for a vote before the Legislature recesses for the end of the year.
The proposed funding includes nearly $34 million for the improving the high-altitude Arrow 3 system currently being developed by state-run Israel Aerospace Industries and the Boeing Co. of the U.S.
Arrow 3 comprises the upper level of a planned four-tier Israeli missile shield.
The system is designed to intercept Iran’s Shehab-3b and Sejjil-2 ballistic missiles, including any armed with nuclear warheads, beyond Earth’s atmosphere on the second half of their trajectory.
Ynet news, the English-language website of Israel’s Hebrew daily Yediot Ahronot, has reported that two recent Arrow 3 trials demonstrated the system’s “high reliability” and exceeded expectations.
Inbal Kreiss, who until recently headed the Arrow 3 program, told a seminar at Tel Aviv University that “the missile’s ability to change course while reaching the targeted missile was proven beyond all doubt as the accuracy of interception high above the State of Israel was improved.”
He said further tests will be conducted over the next 18 months, including at least one launch into space and “an experimental interception of a missile that simulates a long-range enemy missile with a range of about 1,250 miles.”
Some $22 million of the $34 million the armed services committees earmarked for Arrow 3 will for developing the system’s “kill vehicle,” the interceptor designed to hit and destroy hostile missiles.
The earlier Arrow 2 variant remains in service, with batteries deployed in northern and central Israel. It operates at a lower altitude.
Once Arrow 3 is deployed, it will be used as a back-up for that system to pick off any missiles that get past it.
Additional back-up for Arrow 3 will come from David’s Sling, a system to counter medium-range threats, now being developed by Israel’s state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the Raytheon Co. of the U.S. for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Israel’s Missile Defense Organization.
The MDA requested further funding for Arrow 3 in April as part of a $220 million package for fiscal 2014.
The authorization bill now before the U.S. Congress includes an appropriation of $117.2 million for David’s Sling, according to details released by the bill’s sponsors.
This system will cover the gap between Arrow 2 and Rafael’s Iron Dome system, designed to counter short-range missiles and rockets. It constitutes the bottom lawyer of Israel’s missile shield.
Iron Dome became operational in early 2011 and by official count has successfully intercepted 84.6 percent of the targets it engaged in several clashes with Palestinian rockets.
The Israeli military currently has five batteries deployed, but it needs as many as 20 to ensure complete coverage of the country.
The compromise bill proposed by the two armed services committees supported a request by U.S. President Barack Obama for $200 million for Israel to buy additional Iron Dome batteries.
It also added $15 million to establish a co-production capability for Iron Dome components by Israel and the U.S., a move apparently intended to consolidate U.S. efforts to achieve greater joint production of the Israeli-designed missiles.
The renewed funding push also underlines U.S. efforts to ensure U.S. defense budget cuts do not affect military aid to Israel.
12 thoughts on “U.S. to boost Israel defense missile funding by $173M”
$173 million to the Jews while the people who worked for that money sleep in the street, and this is only the tip of the iceberg.
America give Israel about $13 million per day in aid, while the Jews do everything they can to destroy this country.
We really have to amend the constitution to prevent anyone of Jewish lineage from ever entering or residing in this country. Millions already died so these disgusting, devil-worshiping freaks can have their homeland in the middle east, and it’s long past time every last one of them was sent there.
Hey J R,Its not their land they are nothing but parasitic fkn squatters.This land belongs to the palestinians,satans spawn has no claim on a single grain of sand,the bible clearly states that the identities of Gods chosen will remain hidden until the second coming of Christ .these khazars are the inventors of this HOAX just like the lie of 6 million j-ws killed by hitler and the soap and lampshade nonsense.The nation of Israel was a tribe of people and was never ever a “land mass “until the U.N. stole it in 1948 and gave to the spawn of satan.
So right! It’s coming and the sooner the better!
The amerikan sheeple are sooo stupid .. When are they ever gonna see what’s going on.. We the true Americans are starving in more than one way or the other…. I know and believe that john q public is a bunch of ignorant morons that support anything that comes out of our illegitimate government… And if you put this and many articles to their attention they still don’t fn get it .. What a joke….
173 Million to Israel for defense missile funding? Once again, why wasn’t I informed of this? How come no one told me about it? Don’t I get a say in it? After all, I’m an American National? Where’s my vote?
Oh that’s right! I don’t count. I’m just a peasant. Hang the bastards for high treason!
what vote ,? its the money of the corporate UNITED STATES your a serf .
Yep. Exactly my point.
Hey All,They say “the truth will set you free” but first it SHOULD PISS YOU OFF
Warning not for the faint of heart but this is where the STOLEN wealth of our country goes to support satans spawn slaughtering the cousins(by blood) of our SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST.
Rightwing media is too concerned about wal mart & mcdonalds workers measly pay to be bothered with this. Isn’t this WELFARE, btw?
Hey Dan,so stay away from “lamestream” lies and no this isnt welfare its OUTRIGHT THEFT.
the zionist state thinks if they build the greatest air defense in the galaxy they can stop GOD FROM WIPING THEM OUT
“U.S. lawmakers have approved boosting funding for Israel’s missile defense program by $173 million in fiscal 2014 as the Jewish state’s military establishment draws up a new defense doctrine to protect cities from Hezbollah’s growing missile arsenal.”
Israhell is definitely going to their POS Zionist @sses kicked if Hezbollah starts raining down rockets on them. They have a SERIOUS arsenal now. This from another article:
“Hassan Nasrallah has been preparing for another and larger scale war. He says he has between 50,000 and 60,000 rockets. Many of these have larger warheads and Russian guidance systems.”
I’m rooting for Hassan.