American Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Israeli Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. have signed a joint venture to establish an Iron Dome™ Weapon System production facility in the United States, Rafael said in a statement August 3.
The new partnership, Raytheon RAFAEL Area Protection Systems, eyes finalizing a site location before the end of 2020.
“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,” said Raytheon Missiles & Defense Systems’ Sam Deneke, vice president of Land Warfare & Air Defense business execution.
Rafael said the new facility will produce both the Iron Dome Weapon System (Tamir interceptor and launcher) and Tamir US derivative SkyHunter® missile.
“Both Tamir and SkyHunter intercept incoming cruise missiles, unmanned aerial systems and short-range targets such as rockets, artillery, mortars and other aerial threats,” Rafael said.
“We are excited about this new stage in our partnership with Raytheon and proud of our U.S. production,” said Brig. Gen. (res.) Pini Yungman, executive vice president for Air and Missile Defense of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. “We have long partnered on US production of Iron Dome and are pleased to increase manufacturing and bring SkyHunter to the U.S.”