(JTA) – The Canadian Armed Forces are purchasing Israeli Iron Dome technology.
The Department of National Defence on Wednesday announced the purchase of 10 radar systems for $187 million from Rheinmetall, a German contractor, working with ELTA, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, Agence France Press reported.
The radars, which detect indirect fire, are modelled on Israel’s Iron Dome technology.
“Much like Israel’s successful Iron Dome radar technology, the Medium Range Radar system will be able to instantly track enemy fire aimed at Canadian armed forces personnel and help keep them safe during operations,” Defence Minister Jason Kenney said.
The U.S.-funded Iron Dome short-range anti-missile system helped repel rocket attacks during last summer’s war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Daniel Gold, the Israeli inventor of the Iron Dome system will be speak in Ottawa at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre on Tuesday, August 11, 7 pm.