U.S. Army to buy two Israeli Iron Dome air defense systems

SpaceDaily.com reports: “The US Army said Wednesday it wants to purchase a pair of Iron Dome short-range air defense systems, an interceptor technology developed by Israel with US support.

Army spokesman Colonel Patrick Seiber said the deal would meet a short-term need to protect troops from ‘indirect fire’ such as rockets and mortars.

No decisions have been made yet about where the two systems may be deployed.

‘The Iron Dome will be assessed and experimented as a system that is currently available to protect deployed US military service members against a wide variety of indirect fire threats and aerial threats,’ Seiber said in a statement.

Iron Dome systems have been in operation by the Israeli air force since 2011 and have seen frequent use in thwarting rocket attacks from Gaza and elsewhere…”

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