The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), under the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMoD), delivered the second of two Iron Dome Defense System batteries to the U.S. Army this weekend.
The first Iron Dome battery was delivered to the United States in September 2020, and this second battery was delivered on schedule in accordance with the agreement signed between IMoD and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) . Together, they will be employed in the defense of U.S. troops against a variety of ballistic and aerial threats.
“The delivery of the Iron Dome to the U.S. Army demonstrates the close relations between the Israel MOD and the U.S. Department of Defense, the effectiveness of the system against various threats, and the excellent capabilities of Israeli industries,” said Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz.
Over the weekend, the Israel Missile Defense Organization delivered the second of two Iron Dome Defense System batteries to the U.S. Army, as part of an agreement signed by the MOD and US DOD. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/QmL635wlZy
— Ministry of Defense (@Israel_MOD) January 3, 2021
The two Iron Dome Defense System batteries being procured by the U.S. Army includes two command posts and radars, 12 launchers, and 480 missiles. The batteries are being delivered to Army’s White Sands Missile Range (WMSR) in New Mexico to undergo the equipment fielding and training program. The rigorous testing of each system will end with a live-fire engagement to shoot down a surrogate cruise missile target.
After the testing, the Iron Dome batteries will officially stand up at Fort Bliss, Texas, and be available for operational deployment by September 2021 and December 2021, respectively.
The Iron Dome procurement is under the U.S. Army’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability (IFPC) program to acquire the capability to defeat everything from rockets and mortars to incoming cruise missiles. The procurement was initiated after lawmakers made the provision in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for interim cruise missile defense capability following which the Army awarded a contract to IMDO for two batteries of Iron Dome system.
Iron Dome is an Israeli mobile all-weather air defense system developed and produced by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The system is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from distances of 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) to 70 kilometers (43 mi) away.
The system has been used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) effectively in over 2,400 combat engagements.