December 30, 2003 (by Lieven Dewitte) - F-16 fighter planes, assault helicopters, and tanks are all available at knock-down prices in an end-of-year sale being staged by the Israeli army, an Israeli newspaper reported today.
The defence ministry has released a catalogue of military hardware which has been taken out of service and is deemed surplus to requirements.
The annual sale is expected to be worth some 100 million USD to the army which is facing major budget restraints amid the economic downturn in Israel
Any would-be purchasers must first prove that they have no connection with organisations hostile to Israel.
Sales of weapons systems produced in the US must also be approved by Washington to ensure that they do not fall into "enemy hands".