August 16, 2019 | World News Israel
It’s official. The U.S. Defense Department formally signed the contract to purchase two complete Iron Dome Systems from Israel, Defense News reported on Tuesday.
The contract was signed in the last few weeks, the site reports. Israel and the U.S. are currently in talks on transferring the systems to America….
Iron Dome is meant as an interim missile defense solution for the U.S., but Defense News says it could turn into a permanent solution depending on its performance in the field.
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“While Iron Dome has been in operational use by the Israeli Air Force since 2011 and proven effective in combat, it should be noted that the U.S. Army will assess a variety of options for its long-term IFPC solution,” the U.S said in February when the deal was announced.
IFPC refers to the Indirect Fires Protection Capability program, which is developing missile defense against a variety of threats.
The deal has been described as historic, marking the first time Israel has sold a standalone weapons system to the U.S., which typically fields weapons that are superior to other countries.
The Iron Dome, which is built by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and co-developed with U.S. firm Raytheon, protects against incoming missiles by shooting them out of the sky.
(Excerpt from Charisma News.)