Dec 20, 2011 By Jen DiMascio - aerospace daily and defense report
U.S. lawmakers are continuing their support for Israel’s missile defense efforts, providing $236 million in fiscal 2012 for continued development of three programs — an increase of 123% over what President Barack Obama had asked for.
The plus-up comes despite a reduction of $21 billion in the overall U.S. military budget, and with lawmakers noting that the request represents a $100 million decrease in funding from the previous year.
“The conferees find the request insufficient and provide an additional $129,600,000 to address Israel’s security requirements,” lawmakers noted in the conference report on the bill, which has yet to be signed into law by Obama. He has until Dec. 23 to sign the bill, as the government is running on a short-term continuing resolution to allow for technical fixes.
The bill provides an additional $13 million for the Arrow-3 medium-range interceptor developed by Israel Aerospace Industries. It provides a $47 million boost for the Arrow System Improvement Program. And lawmakers added $69 million for the David’s Sling weapon system designed by Raytheon and Rafael to counter long-range rockets and cruise missiles.