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Lapid to Visit Germany to Discuss Procurement of Israel’s Arrow 3 Missile Defense System

avatar by Israel Hayom / JNS.org

Israel’s interim Prime Minister Yair Lapid chairs the first cabinet meeting, days after lawmakers dissolved parliament, in Jerusalem July 3, 2022. Gil Cohen-Magen/Pool via REUTERS

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid is expected to travel to Germany in the coming weeks to discuss, among other things, Berlin’s request to procure a missile defense system from either Israel or the United States, according to Israel Hayom.

Germany is looking to acquire the Arrow 3 — built by Israel Aerospace Industries — or the US THAAD system — produced by Lockheed Martin — to defend against threats, including Russian Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad. 

Arrow-3, which intercepts ballistic missiles from outer space and neutralizes them before they reenter the Earth’s atmosphere, is considered one of the most state-of-the-art interceptors and the only one that crashes into missiles, rather than detonating them with warheads.

It is designed to serve as the top of the multi-layer Israeli air defense system, joining the ranks of Arrow 2, David’s Sling and Iron Dome.

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The German government first made the request at the beginning of 2022, when Naftali Bennett was prime minister, and talks are expected to continue for some time. 

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