America's Iron Dome Dividend

Thomas Lifson
The great success of Israel's Iron Dome rocket defense system is a good example of how Israel's military advances are important to the American military maintaining our cutting edge capabilities. An article by Bill Smearcheck of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), explains the promise for America: Iron Dome's proven effectiveness [a greater than 80 percent success rate - ed.] has greatly increased expectations that it will be a popular product on the world market and has drawn considerable attention to possible co-production in the United States. Developed by the Israeli firms Elta, mPrest Systems, and Rafael, the relatively low-cost Iron Dome system (estimated to be $85,000 per Tamir interceptor missile and $20 million per battery), enjoyed an unprecedentedly rapid development cycle going from drawing board to operational system in five years. Created to intercept rockets with ranges from 2.5 to 44 miles, Iron Dome is able to selectively engage incoming...(Read Full Post)

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