Israeli Arrow Moves To Mississippi, Opening Export Possibilities « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

TEL AVIV: Complex export rules make it much easier to sell a high-tech weapons system labeled “Made In The USA” than one marked “Made In Israel.” So it’s significant that last week, the US subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Mississippi-based Stark Aerospace, ceremoniously delivered the first US-built canister for IAI’s Arrow-3 missile defense interceptor. While IAI and Stark, and Boeing – also deeply involved in the Arrow – didn’t point this out publicly, a source close to the Arrow program told me that producing such key components in the US could make it possible to export the system worldwide. Arie Herzog, former head of Israel’s missile defense directorate, agreed: “The transfer of production of the system’s components to the US will, without any doubt, make it easier to offer the Arrow to the countries that want it. This will be a complicated process, but a door was certainly opened last week.” Japan, South Korea, and other countries have already shown great interest in the Arrow system. But US involvement in this program prevented even preliminary discussions about an export deal. Why? Because when the US helps fund development of an Israeli weapons system, it

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