THE ISRAELI DEFENCE forces are considering a purchase of the Hughes Tomahawk BGM-109 cruise missile. Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres is expected to discuss the issue when he meets US defence secretary William Perry in Israel on 8 January.

The proposal is part of negotiations between Israel and the USA in the renewed effort to reach an Israeli-Syrian peace agreement. The USA recently placed cruise missiles on the export list for close allies with its deal to sell the weapon for launch from Royal Navy submarines. Hughes is also offering an air-launched version, the AirHawk, to the Royal Air Force.

Source: Flight International