U.S. Army Fires First Iron Dome Interceptor in Test

YERUSHALAYIM -
The Iron Dome test. (Ministry of Defense Spokesperson’s Office)

The U.S. Army, the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) and RAFAEL have successfully completed a live-fire test of the first U.S. Army Iron Dome Defense System (IDDS-A) battery, which the U.S. acquired from Israel. The performance and live-fire test was conducted at the White Sands New Mexico (WSMR) test range, and was the first time U.S. soldiers intercepted live targets employing the Iron Dome system. Iron Dome developers Rafael, IAI Elta and mPrest supported the test.

In August 2019 the United States and Israel signed an agreement for the procurement of two IDDS-A batteries. The batteries were delivered in 2020 and have undergone a process of acceptance testing and operator training over the past months. The U.S. Army Iron Dome System (IDDS-A) is designed to defend supported forces against a range of threats including cruise missiles, unmanned aircraft systems, rockets, artillery and mortar threats.

The prime contractor for the development and production of the Iron Dome is Rafael Advanced Systems. The MMR radar is developed by ELTA, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and the command and control system (BMC) is developed by mPrest. IMDO, within the Directorate of Defense R&D in the Ministry of Defense, leads the development of Israel’s multi-layered defense array, which is composed of four operational layers: Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow-2 and Arrow-3.