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Israel delivers first Iron Dome defence system to the US Army

The batteries will be employed in the defence of U.S. troops against ballistic and aerial threats, Israel’s defence Ministry said Wednesday in a statement.

Credit: Ariel Hermoni, Israel Ministry of Defense
Credit: Ariel Hermoni, Israel Ministry of Defense

Israel delivered the first of two Iron Dome missile defence system batteries to the U.S. Army.

The U.S. and Israel signed an agreement for the purchase of two batteries a year ago from its developer, the Haifa-based firm Rafael Advanced defence Systems Ltd.

The batteries will be employed in the defence of U.S. troops against ballistic and aerial threats, Israel’s defence Ministry said Wednesday in a statement.

On Wednesday, defence Minister Benny Gantz visited Rafael’s Leshem Institute for an event marking the delivery of the first Iron Dome missile to the U.S.

In March, the Army canceled plans to purchase more of the batteries because of difficulties integrating them into its existing air defence systems.

Congress has given Israel more than £1.16bn ($1.5 billion) to produce Iron Dome batteries. In 2014, the U.S. and Israel signed a co-production agreement that would allow parts of the Iron Dome system to be produced in the United States.

Since it was deployed in 2011, Iron Dome has intercepted over 2,400 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza. Along with Iron Dome, Israel employs several other defence systems, including David’s Sling, Arrow-2 and Arrow-3.

Credit: Ariel Hermoni, Israel Ministry of Defense

 

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