Germany signs a multi-billion euro contract with Israel to be able to shield its skies with the Arrow 3 anti-missile system
Germany shields its sky with Israeli technology taking advantage of the visit to Berlin of the Israeli Defense Minister. The German Government has announced a historic agreement for the purchase of the Arrow-3 missile defense system. Boris Pistorius has insisted on the exceptional nature of an agreement that will also help secure European skies.
Boris Pistorius, German Defense Minister, notes: “It is without exaggeration a historic day for our two nations. We agree that the Arrow system will make German air defense ready for the future. It is one of the best, if not the best system, and we are very happy that we were actually able to reach the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding today after relatively short negotiations.
With an estimated value of $3.5 billion, it is the largest contract signed by Israel. Developed by Israel Aerospace Industries in collaboration with Boeing, the Arrow-3 system is capable of intercepting aerial elements above the atmosphere with a range of up to 2,400 kilometers.
Its field of action is, therefore, much larger than that of the American Patriot or the German IRIS-T system. After the outbreak of war in Ukraine, Germany took a historic turn and committed a fund of 100 billion euros to its Army.
The German minister recalled that Parliament has already approved the purchase of the components with the longest production periods and that it is expected that the first systems can be operational at the end of 2025.
Asked about the French position that it would be better to favor the European defense industry in the process of securing community airspace, Pistorius stressed that the agreement with Israel “is the right step.”
Along with the rest of the 18 countries that have joined the German initiative of the “European Sky Shield”, Berlin believes that there is no “time to develop its own European solutions that take years” in view of the current situation, he pointed.
For his part, Gallant stressed that the agreement for the sale of the Arrow 3 is the “largest” signed so far by Israel and indicated that his country is committed to timely and effective delivery.
“It protects the Israeli skies and saves lives and will also defend Germany and its citizens, with the possibility of seamless integration with NATO systems,” he declared, and claimed to be “proud.”
Gallant stressed that Germany and Israel share “values and interests in many areas”, as well as “common threats”, as he said before warning about the risks of “Iranian aggression” that is manifested in various regions of the globe.