US Army tests Israeli Tamir interceptor air-defence missile

20 April 2016 (Last Updated April 20th, 2016 18:30)

The US Army has reportedly test-fired the Israeli Tamir interceptor air-defence missile, which is used by the Iron Dome anti-missile defence system.

The US Army has reportedly test-fired the Israeli Tamir interceptor air-defence missile, which is used by the Iron Dome anti-missile defence system.

Marking the first ever live simulation of the Iron Dome on foreign soil, the test is said to have been carried out as part of the army's weapon review process.

Lieutenant colonel Michael Fitzgerald was cited by israelnationalnews.com as saying that the army is reviewing different defence systems for a future military tender.

Israeli defence company Rafael was quoted by The Jerusalem Post as saying: "Ahead of the launch, special adaptations were made to the Iron Dome interceptor, so that it fits the launcher.

"This is the first time that a trial was held of the Iron Dome interceptor against a drone target on US soils."

"This is the first time that a trial was held of the Iron Dome interceptor against a drone target on US soils."

Developed with US funding, Rafael's Iron Dome system is designed to destroy mid-air rockets and mortar bombs with ranges of 5km-70km.

The system provides detection and tracking radar, state-of-the-art fire control software and three launchers, each with 20 interceptor missiles.

The Iron Dome batteries consist of a mobile air defence system with a radar-guided interceptor missile, which is launched from a truck-sized firing platform.

Israel has already used the batteries to intercept rockets fired from the Gaza Strip and southern Lebanon.