(JNS.org) Canada has announced a deal to purchase radar technology used in Israel’s highly successful Iron Dome anti-missile system.
“Much like Israel’s successful Iron Dome radar technology, the Medium Range Radar system will be able to instantly track enemy fire aimed at Canadian armed forces personnel and help keep them safe during operations,” Canadian Defense Minister Jason Kenney said, AFP reported.
Kenney’s ministry added that the radar systems are “capable of detecting hostile indirect fire, locating the position of the enemy weapon and calculating the point of impact of a projectile, as well as simultaneously tracking multiple airborne threats.”
The radars will be manufactured by Rheinmetall’s Canadian branch with support from ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries.
“We are honored to have been selected by the Canadian Army. Together, with our partners in Rheinmetall-Canada, we will provide the most sophisticated C-RAM, air-surveillance and radar available, with a significant portion of the production to be performed locally in Canada,” ELTA President Nissim Hadas said in a statement.
The U.S.-funded Iron Dome system has been highly effective in thwarting Palestinian rocket attacks, with a reported 90-percent interception rate for projectiles fired at Israel during last summer’s Gaza war.