Raytheon Venture to Make Iron Dome Weapon in US

A new facility will produce both the Iron Dome Weapon System and the SkyHunter missile.

The Iron Dome Weapon System consists of the Tamir interceptor and launcher.
The Iron Dome Weapon System consists of the Tamir interceptor and launcher.

Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a division of Raytheon Technologies, and RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., an Israeli-based defense technology company, have signed a joint venture to establish an Iron Dome Weapon System production facility in the United States. The new partnership, called Raytheon RAFAEL Area Protection Systems, anticipates finalizing a site location before the end of the year. 

According to Raytheon, this will be the first Iron Dome all-up-round facility outside of Israel.

The new facility will produce both the Iron Dome Weapon System, which consists of the Tamir interceptor and launcher, and the SkyHunter missile, a U.S. derivative of Tamir. Both Tamir and SkyHunter intercept incoming cruise missiles, unmanned aerial systems and short-range targets such as rockets, artillery, mortars and other aerial threats.  

Raytheon Missiles & Defense and RAFAEL have teamed for more than a decade on Iron Dome, the world's most-used system with more than 2,500 operational intercepts and a success rate exceeding 90 percent. 

The Iron Dome Weapon System consists of the Tamir interceptor and launcher.The Iron Dome Weapon System consists of the Tamir interceptor and launcher.Raytheon

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