General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, toured an Iron Dome battery on Tuesday and praised the technological achievement of the anti-missile system, calling it “a great success”.

“It is a great honor to be here, at an Iron Dome battery that is protecting Israel, and to know that we are partners to a very successful initiative ” Dempsey said at the site, located in southern Israel. “We are definitely proud of that.”

Dempsey is in Israel this week to oversee a large joint exercise between Israeli and US forces focused on missile defense.