posted on Aug, 23 2012 @ 05:16 PM
reply to post by Juggernog
Yes, like US giving Israel F22. Or Israel not giving US...ehhhm.... that thing that they asked.... ehhm ..we both have no idea what because Israel
always accepts US requests,not due to altruistic reasons but nevertheless.
You know SMAW? It is based on Israeli desing. Not F22,but budget is smaller too. There is other stuff designed in Israel that US uses, search if you
are really interested.
From what i understand (and i can be easily wrong because i am guessing here really) Israel started this program by itself, funding and ctr. US had
their own systems - Nautilus and such - and was not participating due to Israel choosing local firms over US firms to develop it.
However after first battery US stated to fund more batteries, i think at first more due to political reasons - no repeat of Gaza war - because it
did not ask to be a partner in technology. Now after lots of tests (thanks to Hamas) system is working pretty well ,possibly better then American
ones. So US wants a part in this, after investing so much money.
Frankly, justifiable. However it is not about saving soldiers now - because otherwise US could buy systems for itself rather then investing in systems
for Israel. It is for technology being available to US firms to make their own products.
I do not think that military industrial complex worldwide is one beast, even few firms we have here in Israel compete fiercely among each other and
each has its own lobbies. Then all the bribes scandals and ctr.
They may all share the interest in lots of wars to increase market and support each other in that "noble" cause- i would not be surprised one bit if
it was the case. But who gets bigger and tastier piece of that killing market is more or less free to competition. See how Russian firms compete with
European/American ones in fighter jets contracts. It is not a pretty sight.
And again, i am sure US will get the Iron Dome technology. Once the spice (money) stops flowing , all Israeli excuses also stop
. Remeber Phalcon
deal with China and how it ended?