US Army is testing Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system on Guam

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The U.S. Army has deployed Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system to Guam through November to gauge how well the battery can be integrated with the Pacific island’s existing defenses.


The system arrived on Guam this week via commercial sealift and arrived this past week, Capt. Nicholas Chopp, a spokesman for 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, told Stars and Stripes by phone Thursday.

“It’s an entire battery – the radar system, the control center and launchers,” said Chopp from the 94th’s headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Soldiers from the 2-43 Air Defense Artillery Battalion from Fort Bliss, Texas, arrived on Guam several weeks ago and are manning the system, he said.

No live-fire operations are planned during the temporary deployment, Chopp said.

The Iron Dome battery on Guam is one of two the Army procured last year. The pair cost $373 million, part of $1.6 billion the U.S. has pumped into the program since 2011, according to a May report by Bloomberg news service. Israel-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems developed the system, which U.S. defense contractor Raytheon started co-producing in 2014, according to Bloomberg.

Congress in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act required the system be deployed to an operational theater before the end of 2021, Chopp said.

Congress mandated the purchase of two Iron Dome batteries as an interim measure until the Army develops a long-term solution to threats from missiles, rockets, drones and mortars.

The test battery has been set up in remote jungle in the northwest part of Andersen Air Force Base. It sits near the existing Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, anti-ballistic missile system, which the Army has operated on Guam since 2013.



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US Army is testing Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system on Guam

2021/10/1634883681.jpg
Read: 742     10:20     22 October 2021    

The U.S. Army has deployed Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system to Guam through November to gauge how well the battery can be integrated with the Pacific island’s existing defenses.


The system arrived on Guam this week via commercial sealift and arrived this past week, Capt. Nicholas Chopp, a spokesman for 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, told Stars and Stripes by phone Thursday.

“It’s an entire battery – the radar system, the control center and launchers,” said Chopp from the 94th’s headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Soldiers from the 2-43 Air Defense Artillery Battalion from Fort Bliss, Texas, arrived on Guam several weeks ago and are manning the system, he said.

No live-fire operations are planned during the temporary deployment, Chopp said.

The Iron Dome battery on Guam is one of two the Army procured last year. The pair cost $373 million, part of $1.6 billion the U.S. has pumped into the program since 2011, according to a May report by Bloomberg news service. Israel-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems developed the system, which U.S. defense contractor Raytheon started co-producing in 2014, according to Bloomberg.

Congress in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act required the system be deployed to an operational theater before the end of 2021, Chopp said.

Congress mandated the purchase of two Iron Dome batteries as an interim measure until the Army develops a long-term solution to threats from missiles, rockets, drones and mortars.

The test battery has been set up in remote jungle in the northwest part of Andersen Air Force Base. It sits near the existing Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, anti-ballistic missile system, which the Army has operated on Guam since 2013.



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