Rafael and Raytheon in US missile interception competition with Dynetics

Rafael's competitor Dynetics demonstrated its Enduring Shield launcher, while Rafael and Raytheon demonstrated Iron Dome 

A rendering of Dynetics' Enduring Shield solution for the U.S. Army's Indirect Fires Protection Capability program. While a physical system exists, photographs are not approved for public release. (Courtesy of Dynetics)

Rafael and Raytheon are competing with the Dynetics company to supply the U.S. Army with a system to defend against airborne threats and cruise missiles. Dynetics, owned by Leidos, demonstrated its Enduring Shield system for the interception of cruise missiles, while Rafael and Raytheon demonstrated the Iron Dome system and the "Tamir" interceptor, which the two companies are already providing to the Army.    

The U.S. Army announced that it is using Iron Dome temporarily until it reaches a final decision on the acquisition of a system for intercepting cruise missiles. In April and May, several teams, including ones from Rafael and Raytheon, demonstrated missile-launching capabilities in a competition that took place at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

The Defense News website reported that the Dynetics company, Rafael's competitor, was supposed to demonstrate interception capability using a U.S. Army-produced launcher and Sidewinder AIM-9X interceptor at the missile range, but in the end displayed the Enduring Shield launcher, and announced that the system has advantages including simple operation, 360-degree detection and the ability to fire at multiple threats simultaneously. The vice president of the company, Ronnie Chronister, added that Dynetics is also developing a hypersonic ground-launched missile. 

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