US marines test mobile Iron Dome battery for interception of cruise missiles  

For quite some time, the Marine Corps has been examining the possibility of integrating Iron Dome launchers and interceptors with their equipment, in order to develop capabilities to intercept medium-range threats  

Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

The Tamir missile

The U.S. Marine Corps is carrying out tests of components of the Iron Dome system (made by Israel's Rafael) that have been "repackaged" on a large tactical vehicle in order to make the system and the Tamir interceptor mobile as well as capable of intercepting cruise missiles. The Janes website reported that if the tests go well, the Marine Corps command will consider deploying the new capability in 2022.     

For quite some time, the Marine Corps has been examining the possibility of integrating Iron Dome launchers and interceptors with their equipment, in order to develop capabilities to intercept medium-range threats. In the middle of last month, the corps conducted a successful test in this field and greenlit development of a prototype, program manager Don Kelley told Janes.    

According to Kelley, the system includes two main parts: a tactical vehicle integrated with the command and control system, and a battle management control system for the Tamir missile. The second part, the launcher and the interceptor, will be installed on the back of vehicles so that Iron Dome will be both mobile and suitable for intercepting various threats, including cruise missiles. 

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