Israeli Government to Authorize $8 Billion Missile Defense Plan, Report Says
According to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, the government intends to bolster the Israeli military's arms and defense systems in the face of growing aerial threats in the region
For daily updates, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here.Set to launch in 2019 and last until 2028 with a yearly budget of $820 million (NIS 3 billion), the plan will see the military expand its missiles arsenal and defense systems, both through in-country development and acquisitions. Some of the budget will also go towards shoring up home front defenses.
The decision to use David's Sling was made after two SS-21 missiles launched from Syria were identified and Israel was judged to be the target. The missiles landed in the Syrian Golan Heights without being hit by the interceptors, according to the Israeli military, with one of the interceptors intentionally diverted when it was understood that the missiles were not going to enter Israeli territory.Earlier today, Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet that entered Israeli airspace. The Israeli military said the aircraft was 2 km inside Israel. Syrian media confirmed the plane was shot down but said it was inside Syrian airspace when hit.