"The Iron Dome missile defense system has proven its effectiveness, as it successfully intercepted nearly 60 rockets fired from within the Gaza Strip last week. U.S. Congressmen were also impressed by the performance, and Rep. Howard L. Berman, (D-Valley Village) - the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee - introduced the Iron Dome Support Act (IDSA) authorizing the President to provide assistance if requested by the Israeli government to procure additional Iron Dome anti-missile defense systems."
This system may have actually been developed for the defense of Singapore. See http://military21.blogspot.com/2011/06/was-iron-dome-defense-system-actually.html
Israel could have acquired the cheaper and more accessible system, the Vulcan-Phalanx cannon system manufactured by Raytheon. The US has provided $250 million to fund the Iron Dome project.
The land-based version of the batteries, called Centurion, are used in Afghanistan and Iraq to protect American and NATO forces.
See the complete article at U.S. Congress supports additional funding for Israel's Iron Dome systems - Haaretz
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