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August 18, 2013 5:48 pm

Sixth Iron Dome Battery Deployed by Israel, Will be Operated Solely by Reserves Soldiers

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A view of an Iron Dome anti-missile battery near the Northern Israeli town of Haifa. Israel deployed two Iron Dome batteries in the north on May 5 after reported Israeli airstrikes on a military research center near Damascus. Photo: Avishag Shaar Yashuv/Flash90.

Times of Israel – One day after a rocket was fired from Sinai toward Eilat, and amid mounting tension in Egypt, the IDF on Wednesday brought a sixth Iron Dome anti-missile battery online, boosting the country’s burgeoning air-defense array.

The newest equipment is the first to be operated solely by reserves soldiers and is part of a plan to introduce further reserves “one after another,” according to Col. Zvika Haimovitch, the commander of the IAF’s Aerial Defense Division’s Active Defense Wing.

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