ISRAEL- US: DEFENSE MINISTER RABIN TO VISIT

Created: 12/11/1987

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TO SHORE UP ISRAEL'S DEFENSE INDUSTRIES BY JOINT WEAPONS

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS WITH THE US AND INCREASEDPURCHASES

FROM ISRAEL. HE ALSO MILL SEEK ASSURANCES THAT GRANT AID

TO ISRAEL HILL REMAIN AT THE CURRENT ANNUAL ILLION.

COMMENT: RABIN SPEARHEADED THE EFFORT TO CANCEL THE LAVI FIGHTER AIRCRAFT PROJECT AMD HANTS TO MINIMIZE THE DAMAGE TO IGH-TECHNOLOGV INDUSTRY FROM THE LOSS OF MORE THAN0 MILLION ANNUALLY IN IAVI-RELATEO HE HOPES TO ACQUIRE SUBSTANTIAL US FUNDING THROUGH PARTICIPATION IH Sflj TO DEVELOP RROHACT ICAL BALLISTIC MISSILE. ISRAEL LAST MONTH SECURED GENEROUS TERMS FOR ITS PENDING PURCHASE OF 756IGHTER AIRCRAFT, AND RABIN HANTS EQUALLY FAVORABLE TERMS FORLANNED PURCHASE OFPACHE ATTACK HELICOPTERS. HE Will TRY TO MAXIMIZE STIPULATIONS REQUIRING US PURCHASES FROM OR CONTRACTS WITH ISRAELI FIRMSASSOCIATED HITH THESE TWO MAJOR PURCHASES TO INCREASE THE WORKLOAD FOR HIS COUNTRY'S AILING DEFENSE INDUSTRIES.

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