The Defense Department will ask Congress for funding to purchase Iron Dome rockets and short-range missile intercepting batteries for the Israeli military, Defense Systems reports.
The request may amount to more than $500 million for an additional 10 batteries, according to Defense Systems.
Israelâs Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee released a report last year indicating the country needs an additional 13 Iron Dome batteries to defend against short-range missile and rocket attacks.
Israel has already deployed three Iron Dome batteries and a fourth battery is in the final testing stage with the Israeli air force.
The first two batteries were funded through Israel’s defense budget.
The third and fourth batteries were built through the $205 million budget approved by Congress last year.
The Israeli industrial team and state-owned Rafael will undertake the production of 2 more additional batteries.
Israel can produce four batteries per year including a battle management system, launcher, interceptor missiles and a multi-mission radar, Defense Systems reports.