US Lawmakers Want Rights to Iron Dome Technology (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 04/30/12)
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Lawmakers in the US House of Representatives have agreed to invest
millions of dollars in the Iron Dome anti-missile weapon for Israel,
as long as the United States can acquire the development rights to
the weapon system, The Hill reported.
Members of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee
reportedly elected to set aside $680 million to assist Israel in
buying the Iron Dome weapon in its version of the fiscal 2013 defense
spending bill, according to the report.
In 2011, Congress approved approximately $200 million for Iron Dome
buys, which US and Israeli officials claim has been vital in
defending Israeli territory from short-range rocket and mortar
attacks fired by terrorists in the Gaza Strip.
In March alone, the three Iron Dome systems deployed in southern
Israel successfully intercepted 80 percent of the 300 rockets and
mortars fired into the country from Gaza, Defense Department
spokesman George Little said on March 27.
Subcommittee members stated that the system "proven very effective"
in protecting Israel´s southern borders in their portion of the House
The funding would work to "ensure long-term cooperation" between the
United States and Israel on Iron Dome development, according to
However, before the United States allocates the funds, House members
want Missile Defense Agency chief Lt. Gen. Patrick O´Reilly
to "ensure the United States has appropriate rights to this
technology," The Hill reported.
According to the subcommittee’s legislation, while the United States
has invested nearly $900 million into Iron Dome work, to date it “has
no right to the technology involved."
The House proposal would share rights to the weapon´s proprietary
technology "as is consistent with prior U.S.-Israeli missile defense
cooperation," according to the subcommittee.
In addition the Department of Defense and O´Reilly "should explore
any opportunity to enter into co-production of the Iron Dome system
with Israel, in light of the significant U.S. investment in this
system," stated the panel´s draft bill. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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