Israel Delivers Second Batch Of Iron Dome To US Army

According to the information published by the Israeli Ministry of Defense, the United States has received the second battery of the Iron Dome air defense systems from Israel, in accordance with a deal signed by the two countries.

Israel on Sunday said it delivered the second Iron Dome battery built by Rafael to the U.S. military.

The US had signed a deal in September last year for the procurement of two Iron Dome batteries for evaluation and subsequent deployment to defend its critical installations from aerial threats under the name Iron Dome Defense System Batteries (IDDS-A).

The first battery was handed over to the U.S. Army in September. Ordered last year, the contract included 12 launchers, two sensors, two battlement management centers and 240 interceptors. 

The service in March said it was reconsidering Iron Dome-buy because they cannot be integrated into America’s Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS). Israel has reportedly denied to share the Iron Dome “source code,” necessary for U.S. systems to work with it.

On July 31, the U.S. and Israel signed an agreement to make the THAAD missile interoperable with the Israeli Iron Dome. Global Defense Corp had reported that this agreement could pave way for the U.S. to go ahead with the deal, since it confirms the interoperability between Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missiles and Iron Dome. The two sides may work out a way to make the Israeli system interoperable with U.S. air defense systems.

About Iron Dome

The Iron Dome is a mobile all-weather air defense system and is a part of a multi-layered Israeli air defense system which includes Arrow missiles, Iron Beam, Barak-8 and David’s Sling.

The Iron Dome is developed by Rafael, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Raytheon, with the latter providing parts for interceptors used in the system.

The system is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and even artillery shells fired from distances of 4 kilometers to 70 kilometers away and whose trajectory would take them to an Israeli populated area.

Much like other systems, Iron Dome also features three primary units; a detection radar, battlefield management &  fire control system, and missile-firing units.

Each launcher, containing 20 interceptors, is independently deployed and operated remotely via a secure wireless connection. Reportedly, each Iron Dome battery is capable of protecting an urban area of approximately 150 square kilometers.

How Iron Dome Works?

The radar systems are from IAI’s ELTA Systems company. The defense system works by tracking incoming short-range projectiles by radar, then analyses data about the likely impact zone – before assessing whether to provide co-ordinates to a missile firing unit to intercept. It targets incoming rockets and fires an interceptor missile to destroy them in the air. Each battery has a firing-control radar to identify targets. The defense system also has a portable missile launcher and is easily transportable, with just a few hours needed to relocate and set up.

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