Rafael’s Iron Dome conducted successful live firings in the US

WASHINGTON — US Army and missile defense have conducted successful live firings of Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system. The tests were conducted in the US in coordination with the Israel Missile Defense Organization [IMDO] and the Israeli Ministry of Defense. Rafael announced the news in a press release.

Israel completed tests of modernized Iron Dome
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The US is the first country other than Israel to be armed with Iron Dome. The agreement for the purchase of two Iron Dome batteries was signed in 2020. In North America, the manufacturer of Iron Dome is Raytheon Rafael Area Protection Systems – a joint venture between the Israeli Rafael and the American Raytheon Technologies.

The successful live firings mean the US is beginning to deploy the Army’s Iron Dome Defense System [IDDS-A] batteries as part of its missile defenses. The U.S. IDDS role will be to counter potential subsonic cruise missiles [CM], Group 2 and 3 unmanned aircraft systems [UAS], and missile, artillery, and mortar threats. Over the last decade in the Middle East, Iron Dome has accumulated several thousand shells intercepted in real confrontations.

The comments

The US will seek to safely integrate Iron Dome into the US military’s missile defense architecture. Major General Brian Gibson, commander of the Army’s Air and Missile Defense Command, based in Pearl Harbor, expressed such an opinion.

That's why the Iron Dome missile system is so effective
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Pini Jungman, an Israeli reserve brigadier general who was present at the live firings said that the Iron Dome has once again proven its effectiveness and operational capacity in combat scenarios. Jungman praised his American counterparts, highlighting their skill in operating the system in playing off different threats, engaging different targets, and at different ranges.

Laser version

Israel is currently developing the deployment of a version of the system equipped with interceptors based on laser technology, with which it plans to significantly reduce the cost of the system, which until now uses missiles to destroy air threats, such as rockets and drones, which are used en masse.

In addition to the United States, outside of Israel, Morocco is also working to acquire the Israeli system, according to Rue 20, the North African country’s newspaper. The information was released last November, but there is still no concrete decision from Tel Aviv.


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