Rafael, US Army Successfully Complete First US-Operated Iron Dome Battery Live Fire Test

RAFAEL, the US Army, and the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) have successfully completed a live fire test of the first US Army Iron Dome Defense System (IDDS-A) Battery, which the U.S. acquired from Israel.

RAFAEL, the US Army, and the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) have successfully completed a live fire test of the first US Army Iron Dome Defense System (IDDS-A) Battery, which the U.S. acquired from Israel. The performance and live fire test was conducted at the White Sands New Mexico (WSMR) test range, and marks the first time US soldiers intercepted live targets employing the Iron Dome System. Additional Iron Dome developers – IAI Elta and mPrest – also supported the test.

In August 2019 the United States and Israel signed an agreement for the procurement of two IDDS-A batteries. The batteries were delivered in 2020 and have undergone a process of acceptance testing and operator training over the past months. The US Army Iron Dome System (IDDS-A) is designed to defend supported forces against a range of threats including cruise missiles, unmanned aircraft systems, rockets, artillery and mortar threats.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is the prime contractor for the development and production of Iron Dome. The MMR radar is developed by ELTA, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and the command and control system (BMC), is developed by mPrest. IMDO within the Directorate of Defense R&D in the Ministry of Defense leads the development of Israel’s multi-layered defense array, which is composed of four operational layers: Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow-2 and Arrow-3.

Source: Rafael news release

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