For the first time, the system now has been making use of American-made components.
The Iron Dome is an air defense system developed by Rafael Advanced Defense System, designed to intercept short-range rockets and mortar shells. Israel deployed the system first in the south in April 2011 to intercept rockets from the Gaza Strip. The Israeli-developed system uses cameras and radar to track incoming rockets and is supposed to shoot them down within seconds of their launch.
Though the scope of the acquisition is unknown, it will add on to nearly $5 billion of arms deals that have occurred between the two countries, according to the Azeri president.
No damage was caused, the IDF says; shortly after the missile defense system was activated, it became clear the rockets would have exploded on Syrian territory if not intercepted.
Iron Dome's Tamir interceptors are one of three systems under consideration but Israeli defense industry official says it has a leg up over cost and a proven track record, the Defense News website reported.
Excluding the funds from the proposed 2017 U.S. defense budget would obviate the need to renegotiate the sum every year, and therefore better for Israel, they say.
Legislation passed by the House to outline spending policies for the United States military will provide aid for Israeli security concerns as debate between Obama and Netanyahu rattles on.
The installation of the anti-rocket system on ships will protect natural gas platforms until Sa’ar 6 missile boats arrive from Germany in 2019.
'Missile Strike' challenges players to break through Israel's Iron Dome defense system to hit Haifa with Emad, Zofaqar and Sejjil missiles - once they accumulate enough points of course.
Frequent accidents suggest the militant group is in a rush to build its attack tunnels, while Israel is stepping up efforts to thwart the threat; But a new war in Gaza isn't yet inevitable.
U.S. president politely refused, saying he did not think it was a good idea to set the precedent of a private citizen financing the acquisition of munitions.