Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said the U.S. will attempt to provide an additional $70 million in funding to Israel in the coming months for its so-called “Iron Dome” missile defense program, Reuters reported.
The announcement came after Panetta met with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Washington.
The funds, which would come in addition to $205 million already provided, would be used to acquire additional batteries and interceptors for the program, which uses radar-guided missiles to blow up -- in midair -- rockets with ranges of 3 to 45 miles.
"My goal is to ensure Israel has the funding it needs each year to produce these batteries that can protect its citizens," Panetta said.
Congress will need to approve the funding.