The US Army is in the process of acquiring two batteries of the Israeli-made Iron Dome missile system, a new report suggests.
The army would use the missile systems to protect US ground forces overseas against unmanned air vehicles, mortars, rockets, artillery and cruise missiles, Inside Defense reported Wednesday.
The batteries will include 12 launchers, two sensors, two command centers and 240 interceptor missiles, the report said.
The Pentagon is said to be rushing the deal due to its “urgency” and plans to acquire the system’s Israeli-made radar as well because adjusting the system to American radars means its deployment would face delays.
The US military has already tested the system. In September 2017, Israel loaned the US an Iron Dome battery, which was flown to the missile range in White Sands, New Mexico.
The report suggested that Iron Dome was also significantly cheaper than similar American missile systems.