The United States will store an additional $400 million in emergency military equipment in Israel.
The new equipment, which is available to Israel in the event of an emergency, will bring to $1.2 billion by 2012 the amount of American military equipment being stockpiled in Israel.
Congress approved for storage in Israel the new weapons, which will arrive in Israel over the next two years, last month, but the story was first reported this week in the Defense News magazine, by its Israel-based reporter Barbara Opall-Rome. The equipment includes smart bombs and other precision weaponry, according to reports.
The equipment can be used by US troops in any part of the world when necessary. Some US stockpiles of weapons were used by Israel during the second Lebanon war.