Published on the eve of the preliminary draft budget of the Ministry of defense of the United States to 2017 provides for the allocation to 145.8 million dollars for financing joint us-Israel projects in the field of missile defense.
This amount of 176.8 million less than that which projects the Iron dome, Magic wand and «Hetz» will receive this year, reports news Agency Reuters.
The budget projects a «Magic wand» and «Hetz» reduced from 267,6 million to $ 103.8 billion dollars and the project «Iron dome» – with $ 55 million to 42 million.
The head of the Agency of missile defense, Vice Admiral James Siring told reporters that the cooperation with Israel on missile defence is extremely fruitful, and that a considerable part of the orders goes to American companies.
According to the Siring, at the moment, the U.S. and Israel are negotiating a new agreement on joint production of missile defense system mid-range «Magic wand» (the»Sling of David»). Thus the Vice-Admiral refused to comment on negotiations.
As for budget cuts, according to a Siring, Israel did not make any requests for further assistance on ABOUT how it was done last year. However, the budget can still be increased by the decision of Congress.
Meanwhile, Israeli media interpreted the reduction in the budget for joint missile defense as the White house pressure on Israel to expedite the signing of a new ten-year Treaty of military assistance.
Recall that U.S. President Barack Obama expects to sign the new Treaty before the expiration of his term, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not exclude that can wait with the signing of the «to next President».