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DATE=3/28/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-228878
TITLE=ARROW MISSILE (S)
BYLINE=JIM RANDLE
DATELINE=PENTAGON
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  DEFENSE SECRETARY WILLIAM COHEN SAYS THE UNITED STATES 
WILL SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF MORE MISSILE DEFENSES IN ISRAEL. 
V-O-A'S JIM RANDLE FROM THE PENTAGON, ISRAEL IS CONCERNED BY THE 
GROWING NUMBER OF MISSILES IN THE REGION.

TEXT:  ISRAEL IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON THE ARROW ANTI-MISSILE 
MISSILE.  IT IS A JOINT PROJECT -- WHERE THE UNITED STATES 
PROVIDES MOST OF THE MONEY, THE ISRAELIS -- MOST OF THE HIGH-TECH
EXPERTISE.

THE NEW PLAN CALLS FOR THREE BATTERIES OF MISSILES INSTEAD OF TWO
-- SO ISRAEL CAN PROTECT MORE OF ITS CITIES FROM POSSIBLE ATTACK 
BY IRAQI SCUDS.  ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER YITZHAK MORDECHAI SAYS 
IRAN'S MISSILE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS ARE ALSO A MAJOR CONCERN.

                      /// MORDECHAI ACT ///

         WE ARE ALL WORRYING VERY MUCH IS GOING ON IN IRAN -- 
         ESPECIALLY WITH THE SUPPORT IT HAS HAD FROM RUSSIA.

                          ///END ACT///

MR. COHEN SAYS THE UNITED STATES WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE 
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT FOR THE ISRAELI PROGRAM. HE SAYS
ISRAEL IS SHARING RESEARCH LESSONS WITH THE UNITES STATES AS PART
OF THE JOINT VENTURE. (SIGNED)

NEB/JR/TMD-T/JO

28-Mar-98 10:18 AM EST (1518 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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