Meanwhile, Israel's development and deployment of its Arrow-2 antimissile missile
system, largely paid for by US funds, is already pushing Arab governments towards acquiring defence systems of their own.
Indeed, a potent antimissile missile
like the Arrow, which incorporates American technology, can be "misused" to repeat the term used by the US as early as in 1993.
land-based Patriot antimissile missile
and the warship-based Aegis antimissile system, when used in combination, as the only efficient systems to date to counter low-flying missiles.
Japanese plan to develop a short-range antimissile missile
system, saying the project is aimed at addressing concern on missile potentials in North Korea.
For decades, the United States has concentrated on antimissile missiles
that can intercept and destroy an incoming missile by exploding near to it.
7 billion direct commercial contract this year to upgrade Saudi Arabia s Patriot antimissile missiles
, and a sale this year of 209 advanced Patriot missiles to Kuwait, valued at roughly $900 million, the Defense Department said.