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Cooperation between the United States and Israel led to the development of the Iron Dome system, which have saved countless lives during terrorist rocket attacks. Now, Arutz Sheva's Ari Soffer reports that the U.S. has tested the system for a different defensive purpose:

The Israeli-America-developed Iron Dome missile defense system has gained fame for its unprecedented ability to intercept short-range rockets of the type fired by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza, which other systems were incapable of protecting against.

Now, the US Army has successfully demonstrated how the system can also be used to down unmanned drones - adding further value to the revolutionary system, which was largely funded by United States military aid.

The test - jointly carried out by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the US's Raytheon defense contractor - represented the first live simulation of the Iron Dome on foreign soil, and was carried out earlier this week. Until now, the Iron Dome has only been used in southern and northern Israel to protect against rocket attacks from Gaza and southern Lebanon...

According to a statement from Rafael Systems, the Iron Dome's Tamir missiles - usually used to intercept incoming missiles - were used to target and take down a drone.

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