The congressional legislation doubled the amount initially requested by the Bush administration, $268 million, emphasizing the need for enhanced joint military efforts by the United States and Israel.
Josh Block, spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), explained how the package reflected America's continued support for the development of its collaborative defense projects with Israel. “Congress is continuing its strong support for cutting-edge defense programs, which benefit both the United States and Israel, and strengthen their strategic partnership, " Block stated.
The package is comprised of funding for a variety of joint Israeli-American security projects including the following:
-The Arrow anti-missile system, allocated $135 million, designed to provide Israel protection from medium and long-range missile attacks.
-LITENING airborne targeting pod, allocated $35.5 million, to be used by the Israeli and U.S. Air Forces for precision targeting.
-Upgrading the Hunter and Pioneer UAV, allocated $36 million.