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Citing an ‘immediate need,’ US to acquire Iron Dome missile-defense systems

U.S. Army Col. Patrick Seiber said “no decisions have been made regarding the fielding or experimentation of Iron Dome in specific theaters.”

The Iron Dome air-defense system. Credit: Israel Defense Forces.
The Iron Dome air-defense system. Credit: Israel Defense Forces.

The United States military announced on Wednesday that it plans to acquire Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense systems, citing “an immediate need,” according to Israel’s Defense Ministry.

“The Iron Dome will be assessed and experimented as a system that is currently available to protect deployed U.S. military service members against a wide variety of indirect fire threats and aerial threats,” said U.S. Army Col. Patrick Seiber in a statement.

“While Iron Dome has been in operational use by the Israeli Air Force since 2011 and proven effective in combat, it should be noted that the U.S. Army will assess a variety of options for its long-term IFPC solution,” continued the statement.

However, Seiber said “no decisions have been made regarding the fielding or experimentation of Iron Dome in specific theaters.”

The Israeli manufacturer and state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., which initially developed the Iron Dome system, confirmed the agreement without giving further information to the press.

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