The US Army is purchasing two Iron Dome air-defence batteries from Israel and will evaluate the systems to see if it can ‘componetise’ any of the elements for a more permanent programme, according to Brigadier General Brian Gibson, head of the army’s Air and Missile Defense Cross Function Team.
“We needed some immediate capabilities and we needed it above the tactical level,” Brig Gen Gibson told reporters on 15 October at the annual Association of the United States Army 2019 conference (AUSA 2019) in Washington, DC.
At the ‘tactical level’, the army is soon fielding an Interim Maneuver Short-range Air-Defence (IM-SHORAD) capability based on a Stryker wheeled combat vehicle.
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