In a small event in the presence of Defense Minister Bnei Gantz, the first battery out of two of the Iron Dome weapons system was handed over to the US Army today (Wednesday).
The delivery event took place at Rafael’s production line under the Corona Restrictions, with the participation of Minister of Economy Amir Peretz, Mapat Brigadier General (Res.) Dr. Danny Gold, Rafael Chairman Uzi Landau and Rafael CEO Yoav Har Even.
In August 2019, the Defense Ministries of Israel and the United States signed a first-of-its-kind agreement to supply two Iron Dome batteries to protect U.S. military forces. The first battery is delivered to the U.S. military in record time, unprecedented in weapons systems of this type, while fully meeting schedules.
The second battery will be supplied according to the contract, within a few weeks. The Iron Dome system will be used to protect deployed U.S. military forces from a variety of ballistic and aerial threats.
Photo: Ariel Hermoni, Ministry of Defense
The Iron Dome system has been in operational service in the Israeli Air Force since 2011 and has been proven on the battlefield with over 2400 operational interceptions, with very high interception percentages. Rafael is the developer and manufacturer of the Iron Dome system, in collaboration with IAI’s Elta Division, which developed and manufactures the MMR radar and the Amperst company, which provides the command and control system.
The Ministry of Defense’s ‘Wall’ Directorate (Map for the Development of Ammunition and Technological Infrastructure) is leading the development of the State of Israel’s multi-layered defense system, based on four operational defense layers: the Iron Dome system and the Magic Wand system and the system ‘Arrow 2’ and ‘Arrow 3’.
Moshe Fattal, head of the wall department at Mapat in the Ministry of Defense: “The Iron Dome system will complete ten years of operation in the coming year, more than 2,400 operational interceptions and saving hundreds of lives in the State of Israel. It is a great privilege for the State of Israel to deliver today the first battery of the Iron Dome, out of two, that can protect deployed American forces. The very fact that we are handing over the first battery, a year after the contract was signed, is an achievement in itself, when alongside the continued production for the benefit of the State of Israel, we met the goals of the American military. “
Senior Vice President and Head of Raphael’s Air Defense Division, Pini Jungman: “The Iron Dome system, which will serve the U.S. military, is tailored to U.S. requirements. However the performance remains the same. The performance of the Iron Dome system, as it is in Israel, will also be in systems that will serve in the US Army. We began the project with a series of experiments and demonstrations in the field of white sands experiments in the US. To date, we have conducted three demonstrations and “intercepted in the field of experiments in the United States” targets that the US Army, the Aramaic, has chosen for the Iron Dome system. “
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