Israel delivers second Iron Dome Defence System battery to US Army

5 January 2021 (Last Updated January 5th, 2021 14:50)

Israel has handed over the second battery of the Iron Dome air defence systems to the US Army, more than three months after it delivered the first unit.

Israel delivers second Iron Dome Defence System battery to US Army
A missile from the Israeli Iron Dome, launched during the Operation Pillar of Defense. Credit: NatanFlayer.

Israel has handed over the second battery of the Iron Dome air defence systems to the US Army, more than three months after it delivered the first unit.

Co-developed by Rafael Advanced Systems and IAI’s Elta Division, the Iron Dome system is designed to protect populated areas and critical assets by neutralising short-range aerial threats.

According to The Times of Israel, the system has been in operational use for nearly ten years in Israel during which it has intercepted more than 2,400 projectiles.

In August 2019, the US Army finalised a contract to purchase two Iron Dome missile defence system batteries to enhance its short-range missile defence capabilities.

These batteries will include Rafael Advanced Systems-developed launchers and missiles and a radar array made by Elta. The contract features a command-and-control centre delivered by Amperst.

The first battery was delivered to the US Army in September last year. Currently, it is the process of getting absorbed in the armed forces.

In a statement, Israeli Minister of Defence Benny Gantz said: “I am confident that the system will assist the US Army in protecting American troops from ballistic and airborne threats, as well as from developing threats in the areas where US troops are deployed on various missions.”

Last month, Israel conducted a major exercise with various air defence systems in a bid assess its capabilities in neutralising aerial threats.

The drill included testing the Iron Dome system, as well as Arrow air defence system, which is used to intercept long-range missiles.