Kamis, Januari 14, 2010

Israel bought from the U.S. interceptor rockets

Israel wants to buy a rocket interceptor system from the United States to protect against the guerrillas from the Gaza Strip. Thus disclosed Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

"Canons and the Vulcan-Phalanx radar will be part of a layered defense to intercept rockets," said Barak told Haaretz newspaper. "This kind of defense, as far as I know is a strategic goal," he said.

The system consists of Phalanx radar to target rockets and Gatling guns 20 millimeter Vulcan to shoot them down. Each component is worth 25 million dollars. These weapons components had been used by the ships the U.S. Navy and Israel.

Previous request made by Israel to buy the Vulcan-Phalanx which was ruled out by the U.S. defense company. This type of weapon has been used with success in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In his plan to visit U.S. in June next, Barak will ask the U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates in order to put Israel on top of the list for the defense system. He hoped no guarantee at least one defense system could be made for the upcoming winter.

The guerrillas in the Gaza Strip, controlled by the Hamas movement since June 2007, often firing rockets and mortars, mortar into Israel. Most of the weapons made by the so-called 'Qassam' is less accurate, and only shoot up to 12 kilometers.

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