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Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
Warning..Stupid Question Alert!
Exactly where is the need for the German Government to pay for 1/3rd of the cost? That is the only part of the story I have an issue with. Every other nation sells weapons to whoever can buy, so why should Germany short change themselves by saying no? However...when exactly did Tel Aviv become a welfare case in need of charity? It's bad enough the U.S. has been supporting them like a needy family for decades now..but I get why with equal support going to Egypt. Germany though?? On a submarine?? Oookay... Color me lost on that need for financial help.
TEL AVIV - Germany recently delivered a Patriot air defense radar to Israel as a cost-free loaner pending conclusion of a three- to four-year refurbishment in the United States of Israel's own AN/MPQ-53 radars for its PAC-2 force.
German, U.S. and Israeli sources confirmed the trilateral cooperation, aimed at filling potential gaps in Israeli air defense coverage while Israel Air Force radars are being serviced at Fort Sill, Okla.
"Germany has contributed to the air defense system of Israel since 2003 with the loan of two Patriot systems. Additional components are temporarily on loan to maintain the operational capability of the systems," said Lt. Col. Holger Neumann, a German MoD spokesman.