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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2376

(Question No. 5072)

Mr Coleman asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 18 February 1987:

Is he able to say whether Israel agreed to join the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) research program on 6 May 1986 and that on 5 November Israel signed its first contract for US$5.1m to work on defensive systems capable of intercepting and destroying short-range ballistic missiles.

Mr Hayden —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes. Israel signed a memorandum of understanding with the United States on 6 May 1986.

(2) The Israeli Defense Ministry and the U.S. Department of Defense signed an agreement on 5 November 1986 under which the Israeli Defense Ministry will carry out a study to define a defence system against tactical ballistic missiles. I do not have exact details on the nature and value of the contract.