The Israel Defense Ministry announced that the Israel Missile Defense Organization and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems have completed a successful series of flight tests of a new and updated version of the Iron Dome missile defense system.
The test simulated advanced threats to which it could be exposed during times of conflict – whether on land or at sea. This emerges from a press release issued by the Defense Department on Monday.
The official press release also states that the new and updated version of the Iron Dome is expected to be shipped to the Israeli Air Force for operational use. It will also be integrated and installed on the Navy’s Sa’ar 6 corvettes and will be central to the defense of Israel’s Economic Waters (EEZ).
The Israeli Air Force and the Israeli Navy both participated in the tests, which are said to have been carried out at a base in central Israel.
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According to Rafael, the Iron Dome is the most widely used missile defense system in the world, with more than 2,000 interceptions and a success rate of more than 90%.
The system can protect emergency and maneuvering forces as well as the Forward Operating Base (FOB) and urban areas from a wide variety of indirect and air threats.
In addition, Rafael delivered the first of two batteries of the Iron Dome air defense missile system to the US Army in early October 2020.