US, Israel sign deal to continue financing Iron Dome

US to commit funds for building of more Iron Dome batteries, Israel will continue to co-produce components with US companies.

March 10, 2014 16:08
1 minute read.
Iron Dome rocket defense battery [file]

Iron Dome battery 370. (photo credit: Ben Hartman)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Israel and the US Department of Defense have officially signed an agreement to continue production of the Iron Dome weapon system, the US Embassy announced Monday.

The deal ensures continued US funding for building Iron Dome batteries and purchasing interceptors – the missiles used to intercept and destroy rockets that are fired at Israel.

Under the terms of the agreement, $429 million were transferred immediately to Israel for the purpose of further Iron Dome procurement.

The Iron Dome is designed to defend against rockets at a range of 4 to 70 km. Each battery consists of a multi-subject radar, manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries, and three launchers, each equipped with 20 interceptors called Tamirs.

The radar enables Iron Dome operators to predict the impact site of an enemy rocket, in order to decide not to intercept it if it is slated to hit an open area. Each interceptor costs around $50,000, and usually two are fired at rockets slated for interception.

During Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012, Iron Dome was called a “game changer” by many policy-makers.

According to the US Department of Defense, the agreement is of strategic value for both nations. Israel will obtain funds and resources to contribute to its defense while US industry will receive ample co-production opportunities for the Iron Dome components.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

idf hebron
August 22, 2014
Palestinians throw Molotov cocktail at IDF checkpoint in Hebron