Israel completed tests of modernized Iron Dome

TEL AVIV, (BM) – Israel has completed a series of tests of the modernized air defense system “Iron Dome,” the country’s Ministry of Defense’s press service announced, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

Israel completed tests of modernized Iron Dome
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According to a press release, the tests had performed by the Israeli Anti-Ballistic Missile Organization and the Research and Development Administration. The Israelis also conducted several complex scenarios simulating threats, the primary purpose of which was to test the Iron Dome’s endurance. The scenarios included threats to water, land, and air.

The Israeli Ministry of Defense added that the Air Force and Navy participated in the tests. The maneuvers themselves took place at a military base in central Israel. Following the tests, Israel will upgrade the Iron Dome systems throughout the Israeli army. This action expects to happen in the coming months, the Israeli Ministry of Defense said.

In early January, we reported that Israel had completed the delivery of the US Army’s Iron Dome air defense system.

In August 2019, the United States and Israel signed an agreement to purchase two Iron Dome batteries. The Pentagon will use Israeli missile defense systems to protect US forces from various ballistic and air threats. The Iron Iron system, which will serve the US military, has been adapted to meet US conditions. At the same time, all its operational capabilities will remain the same.

Iron Dome over some US military bases

Israel’s Iron Dome anti-aircraft missile system may guard some US military bases in the Middle East, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on January 26.

Yaniv Kubovich, the author of the article in Haaretz, writes that Israeli politicians made this decision in a closed-door meeting. According to a source in the Israeli Ministry of Defense, Israel will deploy its Iron Dome systems in bases in the Middle East and bases in Eastern Europe and the Far East.

It is unclear whether the meeting did hold after US approval or whether the United States will decide whether to take advantage of the Iron Dome at its military bases. I.e., it is likely that the meeting was to give the “green light if the United States wishes.” The countries in which the air defense systems will be located remain unclear.

Journalists and military experts in Israel say Saudi Arabia may be one of those countries. We remind you that in 2019 a swarm of Iranian drones attacked and caused severe damage to Aramco’s oil facilities.

New systems, new bases

As we wrote above, the Iron Dome air defense system could end up at US military bases in Saudi Arabia. Coincidence or not, but on January 25, we reported that the United States is looking for new bases in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh has already given the green light for this.

The reason for such a decision is not the current Biden administration. The trial began about a year ago under then-US President Donald Trump.

New air defense systems could accompany a recent relocation of the US military. It would not be a surprise if the Israeli meeting on the Iron Dome deployment also targeted Saudi Arabia’s territory. In this way, the Arabs will get the Iron Dome without having to buy it. In this way, Riyadh would eliminate pressure from Moscow, Saudi Arabia, to invest in Russian S-400 air defense systems.

The Iron Dome system has been in operation by the Israeli army since 2011, as part of a multi-stage air defense system that also includes the Sling of David, Hetz-2, and Hetz-3 systems. During this time, the Iron Dome intercepted more than 2,400 missiles.

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