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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Boeing and Israel to market Arrow 3?

Boeing wants to market the Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile shield that it has been developing with Israel since 1988 to third countries (Hat Tip: Sunlight; the picture is an Arrow 2).
"As we prove out that technology, and show that it's not only affordable but effective, we think there will be additional global market opportunities for that capability," Dennis Muilenburg, chief executive of Boeing's defense, space and security arm, told Reuters.

Boeing thinks that potential markets may include India, Singapore and South Korea, a company official said in a followup telephone conversation.

The United States and Israel have been jointly developing Arrow since 1988. Boeing's counterpart on the project is state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries.

Arrow 3, the system's highest-altitude component, which operates outside the atmosphere, is expected to be deployed by 2014, according to the U.S. Congressional Research Service.

The capabilities to be demonstrated in the coming test include searching further and higher for missiles of the type being designed and tested by Iran. No intercept of a simulated enemy design is scheduled in the upcoming test.
I suspect that the Israeli government is going to balk. Do we really want this kind of technology to fall into enemy hands? Didn't we learn our lesson with Turkey?

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At 2:43 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Well, you don't have to sell the most tricked out version, which one keeps for oneself. And I bet there could be a bunch of spinoff products and technologies that could go to market once the advantage of them for military use has been drained off and the applications/specs obfuscated... this is how it has gone over the decades before we had the Obama Team sailing the top of the line UAV on over to Iran... and China. Inventiveness and close attentiveness and evaluation are needed in these things...


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