US eyes Israeli short-range missile interceptor for Europe defense

The United States has tested the short-range interceptor missile used by Israel’s Iron Dome system with a view to incorporating it or a future American counterpart in European-based air defenses against Russia, a US Army general said on Monday.

Developed with funding help from Washington, Iron Dome has had a 90 percent shoot-down rate against Palestinian rockets, Israeli and US officials say. But the system’s $50 million unit price and limited reach have dampened its export appeal.

Visiting Israel, Major-General Glenn Bramhall of the US Army’s Air and Missile Defense Command said he saw a new need to complement his corps’ mid-range Patriot and THAAD interceptors with a thrifty system for less powerful missile threats.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/US-eyes-Israeli-short-range-missile-interceptor-for-Europe-defense-457879

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