Report: Canada Buys Iron Dome-linked Technology

Canadian defense ministry reportedly pays $187 million for radar systems from subsidiary of Israeli arms manufacturer.

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An Iron Dome air defense system fires to intercept a rocket from Gaza Strip in Ashkelon, July 5, 2014.Credit: AP

Canada’s defense forces are purchasing Israeli Iron Dome technology.

The Canadian defense ministry on Wednesday announced the purchase of 10 radar systems for $187 million from Rheinmetall, a German contractor, working with ELTA, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, Agence France Press reported.

The radars, which detect indirect fire, are modeled on Israel’s Iron Dome technology.

“Much like Israel’s successful Iron Dome radar technology, the Medium Range Radar system will be able to instantly track enemy fire aimed at Canadian armed forces personnel and help keep them safe during operations,” Jason Kenney, the Canadian defense minister, was quoted as saying.

The U.S.-funded Iron Dome short-range anti-missile system helped repel rocket attacks during last summer’s war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.