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No longer than a week ago, the Rafael company has announced that the Iron Dome system was successfully tested by the US Army by defeating cruise missiles and unmanned aerial systems.
Breakingdefense.com reports that the US Army currently has two Iron Dome batteries, which it calls Iron Dome Defense System, that are designated as its incremental cruise missile defense system while the service develops its Indirect Fires Protection Capability (IFPC). The US Army first received the Iron Dome back in 2020.
According to a statement from Moshe Patel, the director of the Israeli Missile Defense Organization, Iron Dome intercepted “all the threats” and was interoperable with US systems. He also said it was the second test of Iron Dome with the US Army.
The Iron Dome capability will help soldiers at fixed and semi-fixed locations defeat incoming cruise missiles, rockets, artillery, mortars and group two and three unmanned aircraft. Last October, the US Army sent a battery to Guam, fulfilling a congressional mandate to deploy the system to an operational theater by the end of last year.
The US Marine Corps also recently tested components of Iron Dome during testing for the service’s Medium-Range Intercept Capability, designated for Marine Littoral Regiments. The prototype included Iron Dome’s ground launcher and interceptor missiles.