Iron Dome poised for first US-based intercept test in SHORAD demo September 11 2017

WASHINGTON — Israel is readying its Iron Dome for its first intercept test in the United States as part of the U.S. Army’s demonstration aimed at selecting an interim solution for a medium- and short-range air defense system.

The U.S. Army kicked off its SHORAD demonstration on Sept. 4 at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, which allows the industry with available capabilities to test solutions that could be ready for fielding in the near term, the service has told Defense News. The demonstration will close out on Sept. 16.

The service identified a major gap in SHORAD capability, and there is an urgent operational need to fill that gap in the European theater.