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First Israeli Group Trained to Handle U.S. Hawks Graduates

The first group of Israelis sent to the United States for training in handling American-made Hawk anti-aircraft missiles has completed training, and will return to Israel within a few weeks, it was learned here today.

Several units were sent to Fort Bliss, Texas, for training in handling the supersonic missiles. Training periods ranged from three months to a year. Israel Defense Ministry officials said previously that Hawk missile units were expected to become operational in 1965. The units will be incorporated into the Israel Air Force.