US Army tested Iron Dome system for the very first time on American soil. According to Israel’s Ministry of Defense, Israeli officials were also present on the live-fire exercise. These tests comes after about 8 months of Iron Dome induction into US Army. US Army procured three batteries of this lethal defense system from Israel. According to initial details, These tests were conducted at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, United States of America. In these tests, Iron Dome system is used to intercept and destroy several targets including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
History of Iron Dome in US Army:
In September 2020, US Army received first battery of Iron Dome defense system and in January 2021, Israeli provided second battery. According to initial details, US Army will deploy Iron Dome batteries in Persian gulf to protect vital US assets in the region. US Army had already deployed Patriot missile defense systems in the region. Proliferation of UAVs in middle east forced US to deploy maximum number of defense systems in the region to protect US Troops and assets.
About Iron Dome:
Developed by an Israel based firm “Rafael and Israel Aerospace”, the Iron Dome system is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells. This defense system has been in use by the Israel Defense Forces since 2011. Israeli troops extensively used this system against different groups such as Hamas, Hazubullah, Syrian Rebels, Jorden, etc.
Umair Aslam is a Founding Editor at Global Defense Insight. He has worked as a defence journalist reporting on military modernization programs, nuclear non-proliferation, arms control and the South Asian Arms race. He has been extensively quoted in international publications such as the ‘EurAsian Times’.