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April 21, 2016 10:08 am

Israel’s Iron Dome Intercepts Drone in US Test

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Israel's US - funded Iron Dome missile defense system.  The Iron Dome intercepted a drone in a test carried out by the American military. Photo: IDF.

Israel’s US-funded Iron Dome missile defense system, which intercepted a drone in a test carried out by the American military. Photo: IDF.

JNS.org – In the latest breakthrough for the Israeli defense industry, a missile belonging to the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a drone in a test carried out by the American military in the United States.

According to a statement from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the Israeli developer of the Iron Dome, the intercepting missile was fired from a multipurpose launcher belonging to the US Army, and it hit the drone target successfully.

The test marks the first time the Iron Dome has intercepted a drone on US soil. The Iron Dome boasts a 90-percent success rate and has intercepted more than 1,300 rockets since April 2011.

Israel Defense Forces Col. (res.) Pini Youngman, head of Missile Defense Systems at Rafael, said that another series of tests will be carried out as adjustments are made to alter the system per the requirements of the US missile program.

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