US Army Inks Iron Dome Deal

US Army Inks Iron Dome Deal 15 August, 2019

US Army has signed a deal to acquire two Iron Dome systems for the U.S. Army’s interim cruise missile defence capability. Iron Dome was co-developed by American company Raytheon and Israeli defence firm Rafael. It is partly manufactured in the United States.

The agreement to buy two Iron Dome batteries for $373 million was first speculated in January, with the system reportedly beating out Norwegian and American alternatives for short-range air defence in a Pentagon review.

Iron Dome will be fielded to operational units and will likely participate in formal and informal exercises to identify how it can be used as part of the IFPC and air defence architectures, compared to how it is currently employed in Israel countering incoming rockets and missiles at short range.

The batteries will be part of the Army's Indirect Fires Protection Capability program, which aims to defend against enemy missiles, rockets, drones, and artillery. Should the Iron Dome prove effective, more batteries could be purchased with the $1.7 billion earmarked for the project.

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