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Raytheon, Rafael in marketing deal

Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:41 AM   |   Comments

TUCSON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Raytheon and Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd have teamed to market the Iron Dome weapon system in the United States.

Rafael developed the original short-range Iron Dome air defense system to provide protection against rockets, artillery and mortar attacks.

The program, which has completed flight test trials, is used in Israeli population centers to protect against rocket attacks.

"Iron Dome complements other Raytheon weapons that provide intercept capabilities to the U.S. Army's Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar initiative at forward operating bases," said Mike Booen, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Advanced Security and Directed Energy Systems product line.

"Iron Dome can be seamlessly integrated with Raytheon's C-RAM systems to complete the layered defense."

Raytheon and Rafael are also teaming on the David Sling Weapon System, which is a mobile, land-based missile defense program, and the Blue Sparrow missile defense targets program.

"The Iron Dome teaming builds on our decade-long, ongoing cooperation with Raytheon Missile Systems to provide air and missile defense solutions," said David Stemer, Rafael executive vice president and general manager of Rafael's Missile Division. "Iron Dome delivers a leap-ahead, affordable capability for future customers."

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