Romania To Purchase Israeli Iron Dome Anti-air Missiles

According to information published by the “BaklkanInsight” website on September 22, 2022, last week during a visit to Israel, the Romanian Defence Minister Vasile Dîncu requested the purchase of the Israeli Iron Dome short-range air defense missile system.

Citing information from the Israeli media Haaretz, Romania would like to acquire defense technology from Israel and negotiate the possibility to obtain a license for the production of military equipment in Romania.

In the case of a contract with Israel, Romania will be the first European to acquire the Israeli-made Iron Dome.

The Iron Dome is one of the world’s most efficient air defense missile systems. It was specially designed to counter artillery ammunition and rockets. citing information from the Israeli Defence forces, during rocket attacks from Gaza in August 2022, the Iron Dome missile defense system has achieved a 97 percent success rate in intercepting incoming rockets. During these attacks, a total of 580 rockets and mortars were launched toward Israel.

The Iron Dome is now in service with the United States Army. In recent years, the United States has already provided more than $1.6 billion for Israel to develop and build the Iron Dome system.

The Iron Dome is an Israeli-made effective and innovative mobile defense solution for countering short-range rockets and 155 mm artillery shell threats with ranges of up to 70 km in all weather conditions, including low clouds, rain, dust storms, or fog. The Iron Dome was developed by the Israeli Defence Company Rafael in collaboration with the United States.

Iron Dome is composed of three fundamental elements – detection and tracking radar, battle management, and weapon control system (BMC). A missile firing unit (MFU) with 20 ready-to-fire from container launchers (three launchers for one single battery). The radar system EL/M-2084 has been developed by an Israeli defense company, Elta. The control system has been built by an Israeli software company, mPrest Systems, engaged by Rafael.

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