In a statement Israel’s defence minister said, Europe is interested in purchasing weapons from Tel-Aviv in the backdrop of the Ukraine-Russia war. He declined to expand on the possibility of Germany purchasing Israeli missile interceptors.
Last month, Germany’s Chief of Defence, General Eberhard Zorn, was quoted as saying it was considering purchasing interceptors from either Israel or the United States to protect against threats including Russian Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad.
“Such deals are not announced over the media,” said Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz to Israeli journalist Tal Schneider when asked about the report but noted in increased German defence spending following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“The State of Israel has a great deal of defence industry capability. There is a great deal of know-how, a great deal of experience. And we would be happy – not without review – to participate everywhere we can to improve our export production.”
In 2021, Israel recorded a whopping $3.3 billion in defense sales. It intends to beat that record this year.