U.S. Army 'Giving Its Only Two Iron Dome Batteries to Israel'

Chris Menahan
Oct. 24, 2023

Ukraine has been begging for the US to send them their Iron Dome air defense systems for two years with no success but Israel is reportedly going to get them at the first sign of danger.

From The Drive, "U.S. Army To Give Its Only Two Iron Dome Batteries To Israel: Reports":
The Pentagon is reportedly planning to send its only two full Iron Dome air defense systems to Israel -- which the U.S. Army originally purchased from that country -- to bolster Israeli air defense amid the ongoing conflict with Hamas.

Multiple news outlets reported this possibility yesterday, citing anonymous U.S. and Israeli officials, and a U.S. congressional aid. According to Reuters, officials from the Department of Defense informed members of Congress on Wednesday that it planned to lease the two Iron Dome systems back to Israel. Citing an unnamed congressional aid, the outlet further indicates that said transfer could come within a matter of days. At present, Israel has at least 10 Iron Dome batteries in operation.

[...] Although it has not been reported where the U.S. Iron Dome systems would come from, it is assumed these are the two owned by the U.S. Army. Earlier this month, members of the U.S. Senate sent an open letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin calling for the service's pair of Iron Dome systems to be sent to Israel, and noted "that [they] have not been deployed and have no operational use inside the United States where they are currently stored."
The US only has two Iron Dome defense systems because we were forced to abandon our $1 billion Iron Dome project in 2020 due to Israel refusing to share the system's source code.

Israel, which is touted as "our greatest ally," refused to share the code despite America providing them with over $142 billion in aid and funding Iron Dome developer Rafael Advanced Defense directly with over $1.5 billion in handouts since 2011.

This is one of the many blessings we get out of our "special relationship."

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