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Azerbaijan to buy Iron Dome system – report

Azerbaijan is planning on buying Israel’s advanced Iron Dome missile interceptor system, reports say.

A battery of the interceptors is ready to be handed over to the Azerbaijan military, the Walla news site says, quoting Azeri media.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning on visiting Azerbaijan in the coming months amid burgeoning ties with the Central Asian nation.

This would be the first sale of the sophisticated system outside of Israel. It has been very successful in shooting down rockets fired by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

A Tamir missile fired from an Iron Dome missile defense battery during a trial in the United States in April, 2016. (Rafael Advanced Defense Systems)
A Tamir missile fired from an Iron Dome missile defense battery during a trial in the United States in April, 2016. (Rafael Advanced Defense Systems)

Azerbaijan is embroiled in a conflict with Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

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