The Iron Dome air defence system, developed by Israel, is capable of protecting city-scale territories from mortar fire and missiles at ranges of between 5 and 70 kilometres by shooting down incoming threats.

The US Department of Defence (DoD) is planning to obtain a limited number of Iron Dome systems “to fill its short-term need for an interim Indirect Fire Protection Capability”.

DoD spokesman Eric Pahon said that the US Army would “assess and experiment” with the system to protect its troops from a “variety of indirect fire threats and aerial threats”.

Neither the Defence Department’s spokesman, nor the Iron Dome manufacturer specified the exact number of systems that the Pentagon is planning to procure, or the value of the future contract.

The Iron Dome was developed by Israel’s state-owned Rafael Advanced Defence Systems and is currently used by the Jewish state to protect itself from mortar fire and missiles from neighbouring territories.

The system fills the need for short-range defence, intercepting missiles at ranges between 5 and 70 kilometres.



Source: Sputnik

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The sum of $200M has leaked… The export price (IDF pays the half since Rafael is state-held) is $50M per battery (radar, command post, 4 launchers loaded. Export price per interceptor is $40k, so it’s likely there will be 2-3 batteries, numbers of interceptors, training, job to integrate Iron-Dome in US’ integrated air-defence system (IADS) so future purchases will be plug’n’play. 5-70km is not so short range and it means about a 15,000km² coverage… Knowing that Israel including occupied Judea-Samaria and Hamastan is 29,000km², this is already pretty serious. This is not the only interesting thing : Iron Dome detects… Read more »