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Germany Snubs Lockheed, Opts for Israeli Air-Defense System

  • Government has made preliminary decision to buy IAI’s Arrow 3
  • Missile interceptor shield could cost around 2 billion euros
An Arrow-3 missile is launched at a test site in central Israel in January.
An Arrow-3 missile is launched at a test site in central Israel in January.Source: Israel Ministry of Defense/Getty Images
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Germany has made a preliminary decision to buy Israel’s Arrow 3 air-defense system instead of a rival product manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp., according to people familiar with the matter.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz discussed the air-defense issue earlier Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid in Berlin and they both gave positive signals about a possible deal at a joint news conference. The Arrow 3 interceptor, manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries, could cost around 2 billion euros ($2 billion), according to reports in German media, if the government chooses it over Lockheed’s THAAD system.