The US military this week carried out first-ever trial of the Iron Dome missile-defense system successfully.
According to Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the developer of Tamir missiles – the projectiles used in Iron Dome batteries, has successfully brought down the unmanned aerial vehicle during the test.
The trial was conducted by Rafael together with Raytheon, a major American defense contractor.
The US army’s interceptor program, Lt.-Col. Michael Fitzgerald, said the test was part of a larger process of selecting potential air defense systems to be used by the US. So far, the Iron Dome technology has not been sold to foreign militaries.
In 2014, Raytheon won an Israeli contract to supply $149.3 million in Tamir missiles.
Raytheon and Rafael are also jointly developing the Stunner missile that will be used in Israel’s medium-range David’s Sling missile defense system.