Israel Aerospace Industries earned $2 billion in Iron Dome radar sales — report
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Israel Aerospace Industries earned $2 billion in Iron Dome radar sales — report

System capable of detecting missiles, drones, and planes sold to Canada, India and 7 more countries, says Israel Aerospace Industries official

Israeli soldiers walk by an Iron Dome missile defense system deployed near Jerusalem, September 2013. (photo credit Flash90)
Israeli soldiers walk by an Iron Dome missile defense system deployed near Jerusalem, September 2013. (photo credit Flash90)

A major Israeli security company that manufactures the radars for the Iron Dome missile interception system has sold 100 units of the radar to nine countries for a total of about $2 billion, an official in the company said, according to a report published on Thursday.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has sold its multi-mission radar to countries including Israel, Canada, and India, said Eyal Shapira, director of Air surveillance and counter rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) at ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of IAI, according to the Calcalist news website.

More units of the radar are to be purchased soon by the Czech Republic, Shapira reportedly said Wednesday.

The radar is used as part of the Israeli air defense systems Iron Dome and David’s Sling. Shapira was quoted saying the system is capable of detecting drones and planes in addition to missiles.

Earlier this month, an Iranian drone entered Israeli airspace near the Jordanian border, before it was shot down by an Israeli attack helicopter. In response to the drone incursion, Israeli jets attacked the mobile command center from which it was operated, the army said at the time.

The Iron Dome system is the lowest tier of Israel’s multi-layer air defense, capable of intercepting short-range missiles. David’s Sling is intended to engage missiles with a range of 70-250 kilometers. The third layer is the Arrow-2 and Arrow-3, intended to engage long-range missiles.

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