Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems have agreed to form a joint venture – Raytheon RAFAEL Area Protection Systems – to establish a US production facility for the IRON DOME weapon system. The companies anticipate finalizing site location before year end, they announced on 3 August.
“This will be the first IRON DOME all-up-round facility outside of Israel, and it will help the US Department of Defense and allies across the globe obtain the system for defense of their service members and critical infrastructure,” commented Raytheon Missiles & Defense Systems’ Sam Deneke, VP of Land Warfare & Air Defense business execution.
The new facility will produce both IRON DOME (the TAMIR interceptor and the launcher) and the SkyHunter missile, a US derivative of the TAMIR. Both missiles intercept incoming cruise missiles, UAS and short-range targets such as rockets, artillery, mortars and other aerial threats.
“We have long partnered on US production of IRON DOME and are pleased to increase manufacturing and bring SkyHunter to the US,” commented Pini Yungman, Executive VP for Air & Missile Defense at Rafael.
The two companies have teamed for over a decade on IRON DOME, which has achieved over 2,500 operational intercepts and a success rate exceeding 90%.