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Release No: 245-96
April 28, 1996

U.S - ISRAEL SIGN JOINT STATEMENT OF INTENT ON THEATER MISSILE DEFENSE

U.S. Defense Secretary William J. Perry and Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Perestoday signed a joint Statement of Intent on theater missile defensecooperation. The SOI, signed in ceremonies here, reaffirms the United States'support of Israel's efforts to develop a defense against ballistic missiles.

Recently, the two nations signed an international agreement for the ARROWDeployability Program, which will conclude the development and provide for theinitial deployment of the ARROW weapon system that will provide Israel with anenhanced defense against ballistic missiles. In recognition that defense ofIsrael can be more effective ensuring that Israel's theater ballistic missilesdefenses are integrated with U.S. capabilities, the ARROW ADP sets therequirements and plans for the two nations to enhance interoperability intheater ballistic missile defense.

Other aspects of the agreement are: The U.S. military will begin developingarrangements to upgrade regional ballistic missile early warning with Israel;Israel and the U.S. will pursue other activities that both sides agree wouldlead to a more effective theater missile defense cooperation between them; andthe establishment of a senior-level policy advisory group to support theseefforts. The group will work in close coordination on technical mattersregarding interoperability.

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