Germany Choosing Arrow 3 Missile Defense System Would Be A Big Deal

September 19, 2022

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There has been a flurry of reports indicating that Germany has chosen the Israeli-made Arrow 3 missile defense system as part of a major overhaul of its armed forces, something that has been driven to a considerable degree by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this year. Such a deal, should it go through, would provide a unique kind of anti-ballistic missile capability in Western Europe, marking the first export sale of the Arrow 3 and further cementing military relations between Germany and Israel.

Earlier this week, during a visit to Berlin, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid confirmed that Germany was in talks to buy the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Arrow 3, but there was no mention made of how many systems might be acquired or the costs involved. However, media reports have described a potential price tag of around $2 billion.

For his part, Scholz said that Germany was looking to bolster its ground-based air defenses in the future and is “very keen to work with Israel on that.” The German leader described the Arrow 3 as a “very effective product.”

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