Last year the Defense Ministry outlined a list of successful trials of air defense systems, a number of which were scheduled to enter into operational use later this year. Yet,there’s a fly in the ointment: Following several crises, layoffs, and departures of people central to the projects, progress has slowed down. At this stage it is still unclear whether the lag in development will have ramifications on military activity and when it will pick up momentum again.
Everything seemed optimistic in November of last year after several meetings between Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter were held on the matter. At that point, the two officials had already agreed on the defense allowance Israel was to receive from the US to continue to develop defense systems.