The United States is expected to being deploying the Iron Dome missile interceptor defense batteries to its bases in the Persian Gulf, according to reports by Arabic-language media.
This is likely because the Patriot largely doesn’t work, against drones, ballistic missiles, or anything at all, as it has become apparent.
The decision by US comes in wake of the Abraham Accords between Israel and two Gulf States, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. It also relates to two big weapons deals between the US and the UAE and Saudi Arabia, respectively.
The US currently has two Iron Dome batteries.
One was delivered in September 2020. The second one was delivered on January 3rd.
Tel Aviv also hopes to sell more of these systems to the US in the future, as Saudi Aramco’s destroyed infrastructure back in 2019 stand as evidence of the Patriot’s fabled “effectiveness.”
The Iron Dome missile interceptor system has been co-developed by Rafael Advanced Systems and IAI’s Elta Division. It is designed to protect populated areas and critical assets by neutralising short-range aerial threats.
The system has been in operational use for nearly 10 years in Israel during which it has intercepted more than 2,400 projectiles. The batteries include Rafael Advanced Systems-developed launchers and missiles and a radar array made by Elta. The contract features a command-and-control centre delivered by Amperst.
Back in December 2020, Israel also signaled that it was ready to skip the middleman in the face of the US and deal directly with its supposed enemies in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf.
Israel could be open to future cooperation on missile defence with Gulf Arab states that share its concerns about Iran, a senior Israeli official said.
But Moshe Patel, who heads the Israeli Missile Defence Organisation that is part of the Defence Ministry, said it was still premature to pursue any such deals.
“Things can be done, maybe in the future,” Patel told reporters when asked whether any of the systems might be offered to Israel’s new partners in the Gulf, or synchronised with comparable systems there.
“From an engineering point of view, of course there is a lot of advantage. That information can be shared, like sensors that can be deployed in both countries because we have the same enemies.”
As such, support for the Palestinians is supposedly there from the Arab states, but Iran as a common enemy is simply too overpowering for any sort of principles or integrity.
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