Iron Dome 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced on Tuesday that it is teaming up with
Raytheon in the United States to lead international marketing for the Iron Dome
counter-rocket defense system.
Rafael developed the original Iron Dome to
provide protection against rockets, artillery and mortar attacks.
April, it successfully intercepted eight rockets fired into Israel. A battery
was recently deployed outside of Ashkelon due to the latest increase in rocket
fire from the Gaza Strip.
The Iron Dome has so far been sold to Israel
and Singapore, according to intelligence websites. There has been significant
international interest in the system particularly among coalition forces in
“Iron Dome complements other Raytheon weapons that provide
intercept capabilities to the US Army’s Counter Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar
[C-RAM] initiative at forward operating bases,” said Mike Booen, vice president
of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Advanced Security and Directed Energy Systems
“Iron Dome can be seamlessly integrated with Raytheon’s
C-RAM systems to complete the layered defense.”
Raytheon and Rafael are
also teaming up on the David’s Sling Weapon System, which will serve as Israel’s
medium-range missile defense system when it is declared operational in
“The Iron Dome teaming builds on our decade-long, ongoing
cooperation with Raytheon Missile Systems to provide air and missile defense
solutions,” said David Stemer, Rafael executive vice president and general
manager of Rafael’s Missile Division.
“Iron Dome delivers a leap-ahead,
affordable capability for future customers.”