Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2011

September 16, 2010
September 16, 2010
Placed on Senate calendar

No cosponsors

Would provide a total of $415.115 m. to fund research, development, and procurement of various missile defense systems for Israel. $210.115 m. is for three systems that have been jointly developed by the U.S. and Israel over many years, including $84.722 m. for the David’s Sling short-range ballistic missile defense program, $66.427 for the existing Arrow-2 system, including $12 m. to procure Arrow-2 missile components from Boeing and Israeli aerospace industries, and $58.966 for research and development of the long-range Arrow-3 missile defense system.

The remaining $205 m. would be provided to Israel to finance the purchase of additional batteries of the Iron Dome missile defense system, which is designed to defend against rockets and mortars fired from the Gaza Strip. See H.R. 5327 of 5/18/10 for more on the Iron Dome and U.S. funding for the system.

Finally, the Senate Committee on Appropriations directed in its report (No. 111-295) that $281.378 m. be allocated to continue research and development on the land-based SM-3 antiballistic missile system. This system is being developed for use by the U.S. military and also as a backup system to be provided to Israel if development of the Arrow-3 should fail.

See also: related measures H.R. 3081 and H.R. 3082 of 6/26/09 for FY2011 defense appropriations, and H.R. 5327 of 5/18/10 for more on U.S. funding for the Iron Dome.

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