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U.S. House approves $1 bn to resupply Iron Dome

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 25, Sep 2021
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  • U.S. lawmakers approved $1 billion to resupply Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system after funding was controversially stripped from a separate Bill following a revolt from the Democrats’ left flank.
  • According to U.S. Lawmakers: Assistance to Israel is vital, because Israel’s security is an imperative for America's security
  • Iron Dome has destroyed thousands of shortrange rockets and shells launched by Hamas militants.
  • The system has been backed by the United States since it was launched a decade ago to the tune of $1.6 billion.

What is Iron Dome ?

  • Iron Dome (Kippat Barzel) is a mobile all-weather air defense system developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries
  • The system is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from distances of 4 kms to 70 kms away and whose trajectory would take them to an Israeli populated area
  • Iron Dome was created to cope with mortars and rockets shot into Israel at relatively close range by militants in Gaza and by anti-Israel fighters in Lebanon belonging to Hezbollah
  • Iron Dome was originally developed without U.S. assistance
  • In 2014 the U.S. military contractor Raytheon Technologies began co-producing Iron Dome with Israel’s defence companies.