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Monday, April 20, 2009

Israel's military changes gears as U.S. balks on weapons assistance

TEL AVIV — Israel is gearing up the development and production of indigenous munitions so as not to be overly dependent on U.S. weapons.   

"We have to end our exclusive dependency on the United States in the area of air bombs," an official said.

The official said the administration of President Barack Obama has delayed U.S. weapons shipments to Israel.

Israeli officials said the Defense Ministry has ordered an effort to resume indigenous munition development and production, Middle East Newsline reported. They said this was a key lesson from the Israeli-Hizbullah war in 2006, when Israel quickly exhausted its supply of U.S.-origin air munitions.

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The administration, amid a brewing dispute over establishing a Palestinian state in the West Bank, was also said to have held up the processing of new Israeli arms requests.

The Israeli military used a range of indigenous munitions during the 22-day war with Hamas in January 2009. Most of the munitions were produced by the state-owned Israel Military Industries and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

The munitions were identified as the PB500A1 by IMI. The PB500A1, reported to be a new advanced weapon, was described as a laser-guided hard-target penetration bomb based on the 1,000-pound Mk-83 general purpose bomb.

Officials said the PB500A1 was used against Hamas weapons tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip. They said the bomb could penetrate two meters of reinforced concrete.

Rafael was said to have used advanced air-to-ground missiles installed on unmanned aerial vehicles. The missiles were said to have included miniaturized versions of the Spike missile.

Each brigade combat team, in the first such arrangement, was allocated a UAV squadron, which included such assets as the Hermes-450 and the Heron systems.




Comments


It is about time the U.S. stopped its blind support of Israel Foreign Policy. Hopefully this will force Israel to the peace track instead of its stalling tactics. Name: Alex

Daniel      1:03 p.m. / Thursday, April 23, 2009


Good.....Obama and his chronies will never back Israel at heart. Forget America used to be ally of Israel. I say Israel should snub Obama and the bs administration he has in place.

Daniel      9:01 a.m. / Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Israel must become more independent and produce as many of her own weapons as prudence allows. The U.S. must honor its commitment to Israel which is ultimately an element in our global war against radical Islamic forces.

Donald Grant Cheesman      12:10 a.m. / Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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