In response to the US procurement, Rafael USA president and CEO Yigal Ben-Hanan told "Globes" that Rafael and General Dynamics Armaments and Technical Products (GDATP), Rafael's partners for marketing the armor in the US, had asked the US Congress to allocate $45 million to finance US Army procurement of the armor in the 2005 fiscal year. Ben-Hanan
said that chances were good that Congress would approve the request in full, despite budgetary pressures, in view of the escalating armed opposition to the US in Iraq, and the proven effectiveness of the armor.
GDATP sources said that the company was manufacturing 140 sets of Rafael's reactive armor under two contracts: 80 sets for $23.5 million under one contract, and 60 sets for $17 million under the other.
An IDF officer told "Defense News
" that he
regretted that budgetary constraints had delayed efforts to upgrade M113 APCs with Rafael reactive armor.