The United States can provide Ukraine with two batteries of the Iron Dome missile defense system
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A number of members of the US Congress have amended the draft defense law for next year, which, if passed, will force the administration of the US president to sell or transfer to Ukraine new air and missile defense systems, including possibly two Iron Dome batteries, to date in service with the US Army.
According to Politico, congressmen are calling on the Pentagon to submit a report describing options for the possible sale or transfer of “existing systems” to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which, most likely, will not be deployed in the United States in the near future.
In 2019, the US Army received two Iron Dome batteries, but so far it has not been able to integrate them into its air defense system, since the dome is not designed to operate under the new army system. In addition, there are many “inconsistencies” in the technical part.
The US defense budget bill does not provide for any specific weapons system that must be transferred to Ukraine, however, according to the congressman, “the two batteries are the main candidates for the transfer.”
According to Michael Kofman, Director of the Russian Research Program at CNA, there are questions about the effectiveness of the Iron Dome system in Ukraine. “From a tactical point of view, it will not be effective at close range or on the line of contact … But it can intercept longer-range missiles, which will allow protecting a critical facility or command center in eastern Ukraine,” the specialist noted.