The US Army said on February 6th that it would purchase a limited number of Iron Dome short-range air defence systems, a technology developed by Israel with US support, AFP reports.
The deal would meet a short-term need to protect troops from "indirect fire" such as rockets and mortars, according to army spokesman Colonel Patrick Seiber. "The Iron Dome will be assessed and experimented with as a system that is currently available to protect deployed US military service members against a wide variety of indirect fire threats and aerial threats," Seiber said in a statement.
Iron Dome systems have been in operation by the Israeli air force since 2011 and have seen frequent use in thwarting rocket attacks from Gaza and elsewhere.
Seiber said the US Army will "assess a variety of options" for a system that could be used in the long term. He did not immediately provide information on the value of the deal or the number of systems that would be purchased.