Israel’s Iron Dome intercepts drone in U.S. test

The Iron Dome. Credit: IDF.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to In the latest breakthrough for the Israeli defense industry, a missile belonging to the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a drone in a test carried out by the American military in the United States.

According to a statement from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the Israeli developer of the Iron Dome, the intercepting missile was fired from a multipurpose launcher belonging to the U.S. Army, and it hit the drone target successfully.

The test marks the first time the Iron Dome has intercepted a drone on U.S. soil. The Iron Dome boasts a 90-percent success rate and has intercepted more than 1,300 rockets since April 2011.

Israel Defense Forces Col. (res.) Pini Youngman, head of Missile Defense Systems at Rafael, said that another series of tests will be carried out as adjustments are made to alter the system per the requirements of the U.S. missile program.

Posted on April 21, 2016 .