Israel is interested in integrating its
into its missile defense program with deployable U.S.missile
defenses, such as the ground based THAAD and naval AEGIS SM-3
systems. Such integration will enable full interoperability
between Israeli made Arrow, and U.S. Patriot missiles and the
new missile interceptors developed for the US Missile Defense
Agency, to enhance defenses against potential nuclear attack
from Iran, if and when this country acquires nuclear capability
for its long range missiles.
Israeli Patriot and Arrow missile interceptors
are already linked with U.S. missile defense systems, such as
the AEGIS cruisers and other early warning assets. Israel is
seeking to extend these links to full interoperability with
the new systems developed in the U.S., to support future deployments
of such systems in the region.
Israel and the USA are also cooperating on the
development of smaller
interceptors, to be used against short range missiles and
medium to lng range rockets.