Foreign interest rises as Israel's Iron Dome shows improved success rate

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Israel's Iron Dome air defense system launches a missile to intercept rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, on the outskirts of the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, on August 7, 2022
Jack GUEZ / AFPIsrael's Iron Dome air defense system launches a missile to intercept rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, on the outskirts of the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, on August 7, 2022

Parts of Iron Dome have already been sold to countries like Canada, Britain, the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Israel’s recent Operation “Breaking Dawn” in the Gaza Strip highlighted Iron Dome’s improved interception rate saving the country’s economy billions of dollars and prompting interest among foreign buyers.

As most Israelis were able to continue working despite over 1,000 rockets being fired by Islamic Jihad towards the country’s territory in just three days, experts are expecting overseas sales of Israel’s anti-missile system that made it possible to rise, according to Globes.

Israel's military reported on Sunday that the system designed to intercept and destroy missiles and rockets heading for populated areas reached a 97 percent success rate during Operation “Breaking Dawn,” an impressive improvement from a 75 percent success rate in Operation “Pillar of Defense” in 2012. 

While parts of the Iron Dome have already been sold to countries like Canada, Britain, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the signing of the US-negotiated Abraham Accords in 2020 with a number of Arab States, made the system more appealing to Israel’s Mideastern neighbors. 

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine also added to Europe’s security concerns and triggered interest in the Iron Dome, especially in Germany that reportedly made an inquiry about purchasing the system during Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to Israel in March. The approval process is said to be underway by the Defense Ministry and Israel’s leadership. 

However, Israel refrains from selling the system to warring parties, despite Kyiv repeatedly requesting to purchase the costly technology to protect its civilians from heavy Russian shelling. 

According to Globes, the Tamir interceptor missiles used by the Iron Dome cost $50,000 each, and by Sunday morning the bill for firing 300 of them surpassed $45 million. A source in the Finance Ministry said that the bill for the missiles will be presented in the form of budget demands by the defense forces. 

Last week, the US completed the latest Iron Dome Defense System interception test at the White Sands missile range along with Israel's Defense Ministry's Israeli Missile Defense Organization. In 2018, the US Army purchased two batteries from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, including 12 launchers and 240 interceptors. 

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