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Iron Dome put to live-fire test by US Marine Corps

18th July 2022 - 15:45 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London


Rafael's Iron Dome launcher and Tamir missile have been successfully integrated with USMC radar and BMS systems. (Photo: Rafael)

A Rafael Iron Dome launcher and Tamir interceptor missile have been successfully deployed in a live-fire test by the US Marine Corps.

The US Marine Corps (USMC) has successfully integrated Rafael's Iron Dome ground launcher and Tamir interceptor missile with the Northrop Grumman AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) and the corps' CAC2S battle management system as part of the Medium-Range Intercept Capability (MRIC) Prototype effort.

Following the live-fire test at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, Don Kelley, programme manager for ground-based air defence at the USMC's PEO Land Systems, said 'This demonstration proves that we do now have a relevant capability.' 

The system performed exactly as was predicted by a USMC simulation prior to the test itself.

According to Shephard Defence Insight, the Israel Defence Forces operate a total of ten Iron Dome batteries for C-RAM and short-range air defence. The system has also been trialled by the US Army.

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