Iron Dome Competes for U.S. Defense Contract

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system may soon be adopted by the U.S., according to a report in Defense News.

Iron Dome will compete in a SHORAD intercept test conducted by the U.S. Army at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, which is set to conclude by September 16.

This marks the first time the largely U.S.-funded Iron Dome will be tested outside Israel.

The Army would not respond to questions about who is competing for the contract, but said it will analyze the offerings through acquisition and tracking tests and a live fire against unmanned aircraft systems and ground targets.

The Israeli manufacturer Rafael and the Defense Ministry would also not comment.

However, sources informed Defense News that a Boeing and General Dynamics Land Systems team are participating in the demonstrations at White Sands.

If Iron Dome wins the contract, Israeli government and industry sources say the system will become an entirely U.S. system, with Raytheon serving as the prime contractor and Rafael providing subcontractor support.