(JNS.org) The United States on Monday announced the immediate transfer of $429 million to Israel to continue manufacturing and purchasing Iron Dome anti-rocket batteries.
The decision to provide additional Iron Dome funding was first reported by Israel Hayom on Monday. The U.S. Defense Department made the official announcement later in the day.
The Defense Department hailed the prowess of the Israeli-made aerial defense system, saying the deal to provide the funding was signed last week and represents the shared strategic interests of both countries. Currently, there are seven Iron Dome batteries in operation, and the Israel defense establishment’s goal is to have 14 batteries in operation by the end of 2015.