The US Marine Corps is reportedly planning to purchase dozens of Iron Dome launchers and thousands of interceptor missiles in a deal that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
The deal, which would see the USMC purchase three batteries’ worth of the Iron Dome system, would be conducted with Raytheon, which has a deal with Israeli manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to distribute the system to the United States.
The deal was reported on by defense news website The WarZone on Saturday, citing a procurement notice of intent publicly available online.
The prime contractor for the development and production of the Iron Dome is Rafael, who adapted the system to USMC requirements and assisted with testing support.
As part of the deal, the USMC will purchase 44 launchers and 1,840 Tamir interceptors.
Marine Corps' Iron Dome deal has been in the works
Last year, The Jerusalem Post reported on the completion of a series of interception tests on an air defense system using the Tamir Interceptor.
The experiment included a series of three tests carried out over the course of several months. The system successfully intercepted a variety of targets.