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vminfla Donating Member (992 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-10-11 08:03 AM
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US may purchase Iron Dome batteries
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Israel has received word the United States is considering issuing an official request for information from the Defense Ministry for technical specifications regarding the Iron Dome anti-rocket system, ahead of a possible purchase.

The US Army has expressed interest in the system to be deployed outside forward bases in Iraq and Afghanistan that could potentially be targeted by Katyusha rockets. The US military has discovered 107 mm. Katyushas in Iraq in the past.

Israel currently has three Iron Dome batteries deployed in the South. They have intercepted a number of rockets since the beginning of the year including during the recent round of violence with Islamic Jihad in late October.

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

This long-standing tradition of technology sharing between the US and Israel continues today.

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