This weekend, the Israel Ministry of Defense delivered the second of two Iron Dome anti-air missile defense systems to the U.S. Army.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz told Israel National News that “the delivery of the Iron Dome to the U.S. Army once again demonstrates the close relations between the Israel Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Department of Defense.”
Gantz continued: “I am confident that the system will assist the U.S. Army in protecting American troops from ballistic and airborne threats as well as from developing threats in the areas where U.S. troops are deployed on various missions.”
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Israel National News said the Iron Domes “will be employed in defense of U.S. troops against a variety of ballistic and aerial threats.” There was no mention of where the new missile defense system would be deployed.
How The Iron Dome Works
In August 2019, the U.S. signed a landmark deal with Israel to procure two Iron Dome systems.
Co-developed by Raytheon and Israeli defense firm Rafael, the system has been touted by Israeli leaders as the most advanced short to mid-range interceptor in the world with a proven track record of shooting down Hamas rockets from Gaza.
Iron Dome In Action
Tel Aviv announced the Iron Dome’s kill rate was around 86% when in May 2019, about 700 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip over a few days.
The Iron Dome success rate is so high that even Saudi Arabia has been a buyer of the missile defense system.
The question now: Where is the U.S. Army going to deploy its new Iron Dome system?