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Israeli media discloses military's expenditures

(Xinhua)

13:13, January 12, 2012

JERUSALEM, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Amid heated debate in Israel over proposed defense budget cuts, local media revealed Wednesday the costs of maintaining the country's security.

Military officials have recently presented the Israeli parliament's foreign policy and defense committee with precise data on the army's operational and training expenses -- down to the cost of a sniper's round, the Yediot Aharonot daily reported.

The report disclosed a "price list" compiled by the military that exposes details of its immense expenditures.

According to the figures, the biggest spender is the Israel Air Force, with a single flight hour in the F-15I -- its most advanced fighter jet -- costing 135,000 shekels (35,000 U.S. dollars) and the "Tamir," a missile that intercepts short-range rockets, costing 230,000 shekels (60,000 dollars) apiece.

The armored corps is also biting deep into the state's coffers. Every kilometer driven with the Merkava IV, one of the world's best battle tanks, guzzles 4,300 shekels (1,100 dollars) while the cost of a four-day-long armored brigade's training maneuver can reach 12 million shekels (3.1 million dollars).

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