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DEFENSE DEPARTMENT REGULAR BRIEFING
BRIEFER: ADM. CRAIG QUIGLEY, SPOKESMAN
PENTAGON BRIEFING ROOM,
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA 1:30 P.M. EDT
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2000


Q: The Indian prime minister is in town, and he's talking, apparently,
with a bunch of different folks about the Phalcon radar that India
would like to buy from Israel. We talked about this a couple of weeks
ago. Has there been any Pentagon involvement in these discussions,
with the Pentagon weighing in with any opinions as to whether or not
India should be allowed to purchase this?


Quigley: Not that I have heard of. Let me see what I can find out on
that. [We are aware that Israel and India have been discussing a
possible sale of Phalcon aircraft to India. Pentagon policy officials
have been talking with their counterparts at the State Department and
the Israeli government concerning the implications of this possible
sale. At this stage, we would prefer not to characterize this
discussion because we are still in an early and informal stage of the
process. We have yet to receive or review all the details of any
potential sale, so such discussion would be premature and less than
fully informed.]