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US Army Test Fires Iron Dome

Exploring System Safety and Effective Interoperability

In conjunction with the Israeli Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), the US Army recently test fired the Rafael Iron Dome air defence system at White Sands, NM.

Army operators successfully detected, tracked, and intercepted multiple cruise missile and UAS surrogate targets, ensuring the system will effectively operate within the US air and missile defence architecture.

Pini Yungman, EVP and Head of Rafael’s Air & Missile Defense Directorate, commented “As part of the US Army’s operational training, American troops operated the system, which functioned with optimal effectiveness against a variety of threats and intercepted targets from different ranges.

This is the second interception test since the two batteries were supplied to the US Army at the end of 2020. In this test as well, the system intercepted all the threats, while being interoperable with US systems,” added Moshe Patel, Director of IMDO.

The US Army plans to field two Iron Dome Defense System-Army (IDDS-A) batteries as an interim cruise missile defence solution, while it continues to acquire an enduring IFPC Inc2 system.

Tests at White Sands helped evaluate the effective operational capability of Iron Dome within US Army air and missile defence architecture. (Rafael)

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