U.S. to Sell 48 Phantoms, 36 Skyhawks to Israel

Israel and the United States will sign an agreement sometime this month under which Israel will receive 48 F-4 Phantom jets and 36 A-4 Skyhawks at the rate of one plane of each category per month. The cost to Israel will be about $122 million. This was indicated by knowledgeable American sources today after the Baltimore Sun reported the scheduled signing.

While Both the State Department and the Israel Embassy declined to discuss any aspect of military sales agreements, American sources understood that Premier Golda Meir, in her visit to Washington last March, had agreed to arrangements for deliveries of each category at the, rate of two per month. But this schedule has since been modified. It was not clear which government altered the reported schedule. The signing was delayed pending the settlement of some technicalities but did not involve the numbers of planes or their cost.

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