USA - Israel Delivers First Iron Dome Battery to US Army

Arno Froese

A year after the Defense Ministry and the US Army signed a deal for two Iron Dome missile defense batteries, the first battery has been delivered.

The purchase was made to fill the army’s short-term needs for an indirect fire protection capability until a permanent solution to the problem is put in place to best protect ground maneuvering troops against an increasingly wide range of aerial threats, including short-range projectiles.

The prime contractor for the development and production of the Iron Dome is Rafael. The MMR radar is developed by ELTA, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, and the command and control system (BMC) is developed by mPrest.

The fully mobile system carries 10 kg. of explosives and can intercept an incoming projectile from four to 70 km. away. It is able to calculate when rockets will land in open areas, choosing not to intercept them, or are headed toward civilian centers.

Praising the system, which is part of Israel’s multilayered missile defense system, which also includes the David’s Sling, Arrow-2, and Arrow-3 weapons systems, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that it has “a significant impact on the battlefield” and reflects the “strength” of Israel’s defense establishment, with some 2,400 successful interceptions since 2011.

According to Rafael executive vice president and head of air and missile defense division Pini Yungman, a series of tests and demonstrations at the White Sands testing field has been carried out by the Iron Dome system, “tailored according to US requirements,” that intercepted targets chosen by the US Army.

In August, the world’s largest cargo plane, an Antonov AN-225, landed at Ben-Gurion Airport carrying US military Oshkosh trucks to be fitted with Iron Dome launchers purchased by the US Army.

Gen. Mike Murray, head of Army Futures Command, identified several problems—including cyber vulnerabilities and operational challenges—during efforts last year to integrate elements of Iron Dome with the US Army’s integrated battle command system.

“We believe we cannot integrate them into our air defense system based upon some interoperability challenges, some cyber[security] challenges and some other challenges,” he was quoted by the Breaking Defense news site as telling legislators. 

“So what we ended up having is two stand-alone batteries that will be very capable, but they cannot be integrated.”

-www.jpost.com, 30 September 2020

Arno's commentary

It’s quite noticeable that a Soviet Union product, the Antonov 225, is used to carry US military trucks to be fitted with Israel’s Iron Dome launchers. Another significant point of interest is General Mike Murray’s statement: “…we ended up having…two stand-alone batteries that will be very capable, but they cannot be integrated.”

This reminds us of the prophet Daniel, who interprets Nebuchadnezzar’s dream identifying an image representing the four Gentile superpowers: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. Daniel 2:42-43 reads: “And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” Based on our understanding, the clay represents the Jewish people. The prophet Isaiah makes this statement: “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand” (Isaiah 64:8).

Jewish integration into the global Gentile world is irreversible. However, the unity between Israel and Gentile nations is temporary, “they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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