A series of flight tests of a new and upgraded version of the Iron Dome has been successfully completed by the Israel Missile Defense Organization in the Ministry of Defence and Rafael. This was announced by the Israeli Ministry of Defence in a statement on 2 February.
"Israel Missile Defense Organization in the MOD and the Rafael company have successfully completed a series of Iron Dome interception tests, which is an important milestone in the development of the system," said Israel's MoD in its statement.
The new and upgraded version will be delivered to the Israeli Air Force for operational use. The Ministry added that the upgraded version of the Iron Dome will also be integrated and installed on the Navy’s Sa’ar 6 corvettes and will be central to the defence of Israel’s economic waters (Exclusive Economic Zone).
The Iron Dome is a mobile all-weather air defence system developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries. It is part of a future multi-tiered missile defence system that Israel is developing, which includes Arrow 2, Arrow 3, Iron Beam, Barak 8, and David's Sling.
In addition to their land-based deployment, Iron Dome batteries will in the future be deployed at sea on Sa'ar 6-class corvettes, where they will protect off-shore gas platforms in conjunction with Israel's Barak 8 missile system.