US house approves $205 mln for Israel missile system

The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama's request for $205 million to spur Israel's production of a missile system.

US house approves $205 mln for Israel missile system

The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama's request for $205 million to spur Israel's production of a missile system.

The authorization for the extra funding was part of a defense spending bill that would provide $726 billion next year for U.S. national defense programs, including funding for the invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The House gave the bill final passage on Friday by a vote of 229 to 186.

The Senate Armed Services Committee likewise voted to provide $205 million for the Israeli system, known as "Iron Dome," panel chairman Carl Levin told reporters on Friday.

A congressional staff member said the request for the funding "seems to have come directly from the commander in chief," Obama. It was not entirely clear what prompted it.

Produced by Israeli state-owned Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd., Iron Dome uses small radar-guided missiles to blow up Katyusha-style rockets with ranges of between 3 miles and 45 miles (5-70 km), as well as mortar bombs, in mid-air.

Two Iron Dome batteries are under construction, an Israeli defense official said in February. Designed to be towed by vehicle, they will be available for any Israeli front at a few hours' notice.

The House voted to authorize $10.3 billion for ballistic missile defenses overall, $361.6 million more than Obama's request.

Reuters

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