Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) has agreed that the Israeli-developed Arrow anti-tactical ballistic missile can be built by Boeing in the USA, with a deal due to be signed in the next few weeks.

The firms have spent months negotiating co-production for the Arrow, which is in service with the Israeli armed forces. A US partner will allow the Israeli air force to buy additional Arrow batteries using foreign military sales funds provided by Washington, and permit manufacture at a price that will enable it to be exported.

The USA provided most of the funds for Arrow development, so Washington will have to approve any export deal. The Israeli ministry of defence confirmed the contract will be signed "within days".

Source: Flight International