Singapore To Buy Israeli Iron Dome

Singapore is moving for­ward on the procurement of the Rafael­built Iron Dome for a short-range air de­fense system effective against artillery rounds and rockets, said defense industry sources at the Singapore Airshow.

Built by Rafael Advanced Defense Sys­tems, Iron Dome can shoot down incom­ing rockets and missiles from 4 to 70 kilo­meters away in all weather conditions.

The Iron Dome radar detects and identi­fies the rocket or artillery shell launch and monitors its trajectory. Target data are transmitted to the battle management and weapon control system for processing and engagement.

“Right now, we’ve almost finished devel­opment,” said Joseph Hor-owitz, Rafael’s business development and marketing di­rector for air defense systems. “We are now manufacturing the systems. Since January, we are starting on the first bat­talion. By midyear, there will be an IOC [initial operational capability].” However, Horowitz denied any Iron Dome deal with Singapore, saying there is “no Singapore involvement at this time.” Singapore’s Ministry of Defense also de­clined comment.

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