Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Rafael ‎Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. announced on Monday that they have agreed to establish a joint venture ‎to produce Iron Dome weapon systems in the United States. ‎

Under the name Raytheon Rafael Area Protection Systems, the partnership will produce both the Iron Dome weapon system, which consists of the Tamir ‎interceptor and launcher, and the SkyHunter missile, a U.S. derivative of the Tamir. ‎The two firms expect to agree on a site location by the end of 2020. ‎

IDF Brig. Gen. (res.) Pini Yungman, executive vice president for air and missile defense at Rafael, said “we are excited ‎about this new stage in our partnership with Raytheon and proud of our U.S. production.”‎

Yungman said that Rafael and Raytheon had “long partnered on U.S. production of Iron Dome and are ‎pleased to increase manufacturing and bring SkyHunter to the U.S.”

Raytheon’s vice president of land warfare and air-defense business execution ‎Sam Deneke said that “this will be the first Iron Dome all-up-round facility outside of Israel, and it will help the U.S. ‎Department of Defense and allies across the globe obtain the system for defense of their service ‎members and critical infrastructure.”

The Iron Dome air-defense system is “the world’s most-used system with more than 2,500 operational intercepts and a success rate exceeding 90 percent,” according to Rafael.

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