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ACCESSION NUMBER:00000
FILE ID:96042903.txt
DATE:04/29/96
TITLE:29-04-96  TEXT: DOD ON U.S.-ISRAEL JOINT STATEMENT ON MISSILE DEFENSE

TEXT:
(Reaffirms U.S. support of Israel's efforts, DoD says)  (300)

Washington -- Defense Secretary Perry and Prime Minister Peres of
Israel signed a joint statement of intent on theater missile defense
cooperation April 28.

The joint statement reaffirms U.S. support of Israel's efforts "to
develop a defense against ballistic missiles," the Defense Department
said.

Following is the text of the official release from Defense Link:

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U.S.-ISRAEL SIGN JOINT STATEMENT OF INTENT ON THEATER MISSILE DEFENSE

U.S. Defense Secretary William J. Perry and Israeli Prime Minister
Shimon Peres today signed a joint Statement of Intent (SOI) on theater
missile defense cooperation. The SOI, signed in ceremonies here,
reaffirms the United States' support of Israel's efforts to develop a
defense against ballistic missiles.

Recently, the two nations signed an international agreement for the
ARROW Deployability Program, which will conclude the development and
provide for the initial deployment of the ARROW weapon system that
will provide Israel with an enhanced defense against ballistic
missiles. In recognition that defense of Israel can be more effective
ensuring that Israel's theater ballistic missiles defenses are
integrated with U.S. capabilities, the ARROW ADP sets the requirements
and plans for the two nations to enhance interoperability in theater
ballistic missile defense.

Other aspects of the agreement are: The U.S. military will begin
developing arrangements to upgrade regional ballistic missile early
warning with Israel; Israel and the U.S. will pursue other activities
that both sides agree would lead to a more effective theater missile
defense cooperation between them; and the establishment of a
senior-level policy advisory group to support these efforts. The group
will work in close coordination on technical matters regarding
interoperability.

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