Israel's anti-rocket systems loaded, transported to U.S. Army: ministry

Wang Xinjuan
2020-08-04 01:17:09

JERUSALEM, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- An Antonov cargo plane landed in Israel on Monday to transport Iron Dome anti-rocket batteries from Israel to the U.S. Army, Israel's defense ministry announced.

Local TV channels showed the aircraft, the world's largest cargo plane, landing in the evening at Ben Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv.

The plane is carrying U.S. military Oshkosh trucks that will be used for the Iron Dome systems bought by the U.S. Army, according to a statement issued by the ministry.

The systems will be used "to defend U.S. military troops against a wide range of ballistic and aerial threats," the Israeli ministry said, without elaborating on where will the systems be deployed.

The landing of the plane marks the final stage of a purchasing deal signed last August between the Israeli defense ministry and the U.S. Department of Defense. Under the deal, the U.S. Army bought from Israel two off-the-shelf Iron Dome batteries.


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