Israel and the United States are planning war games in 2010 to test joint ballistic missile defense capabilities, U.S. assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Vickers told a Congressional subcommittee Wednesday. One of the systems to be tested is being developed by Israel's Rafael Armament Development Authority and the Raytheon Company. American President George W. Bush has asked Congress for $44.9 million for a short-range ballistic missile program, called David's Sling. The amount of money is 25 percent more than is currently allotted.
Vickers said that both countries are continuing to develop the Arrow missile-defense project, which receives about half of its components from Israel Aviation Industries.