Barak said, "This is an important step toward deploying a multilayered network of interceptors based on the extraordinary achievements of Israel's defense industry. These are systems, which when fully deployed, will deeply affect weaponry and the home front's standing."
Last month, the Israel Air Force deployed the first Iron Dome battery to intercept kassam and Grad rockets fired against Israel from Gaza. The battery was deployed north of Beersheva, against which several Grads were fired in recent weeks. The Air Force worked for months to prepare the sites for the batteries and training their crews.
A special Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, chaired by former defense minister MK Amir Perez (Labor) recommended the procurement of 13 Iron Dome batteries to protect southern Israel. Such a procurement would take years, because of the system's cost.
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