USA - Israeli-Made Iron Dome Sold to US

Arno Froese

The United States has purchased Iron Dome systems from Israel for an immediate need of the United States Army, the Defense Ministry announced.

“The Iron Dome system will be used for deployed US military forces as a defense system against a wide range of ballistic and airborne threats, and will be tested in the long run as part of a range of possible US military responses to aerial threats,” read a statement by the Ministry of Defense.

Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benjamin Netanyahu praised the deal, calling it a “great achievement for Israel.”

In February, it was reported that the US Army had asked Congress for $373 million to buy two batteries off-the-shelf from Rafael which included 12 launchers, two sensors, two battlement management centers and 240 interceptors. Washington wanted to have them delivered by 2020.

The system is built by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries and Raytheon, which manufactures the American-made Patriot missile system. The radars are from ELTA System, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries.

It 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 towards civilian centers.

Since its first deployment in April 2011 outside the southern city of Beersheba, it has intercepted roughly 85% of projectiles fired towards Israeli civilian centers, changing the face of battle between Israel and her enemies., 6 February 2019

Arno's commentary

While for Israel, the Iron Dome and other sophisticated defense systems are essential, for America it is only hypothetical based on strategic advice from the military brass. The fact that Israel is able to sell defense equipment to the US is nothing short of a miracle. Yet, as we have repeatedly stated in this column, it is only the beginning, for Israel is destined to be the leading country on planet earth.

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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