US and Israel approve sale of Arrow 3 missile defense system to Germany
Germany has received US and Israeli approval for the sale of the Arrow 3 missile defense system, the Jerusalem Post reports.
“Germany has received approval from Israel and the United States for the purchase of the Arrow-3 missile defense system,” the report says.
German lawmakers have previously pushed for the purchase of the Iron Dome missile defense system from Israel, but the day before, the head of the German Air Force, Lieutenant General Ingo Gerharz, said that Arrow 3 is more suitable for protecting against threats that Europe may face.
The Iron Dome is used against short-range missiles, Germany can produce such systems independently, he noted. Arrow-3 will be needed to protect against extra-atmospheric missiles, as well as missiles with a range of up to 15,000 km.
The parties will have to discuss the details of the purchase. The newspaper notes that for the first time one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world, which is capable of intercepting ballistic missiles at an altitude of more than 100 kilometers, can be transferred to another country.