The Minister of Defense of Ukraine called the “Iron Dome” ineffective

The Iron Dome is not capable of protecting against cruise missiles, Alexey Reznikov said. The Russian military has repeatedly reported on the use of “Onyx” and “Caliber” in the country. The Ambassador to Israel spoke about Kyiv's desire to buy a missile defense system

Iron Dome Anti-Missile Defense System not suitable for Ukraine, since it is not capable of protecting against cruise and ballistic missiles. This was stated by the Minister of Defense of the country Alexei Reznikov during an online conference Forbes

“We all know the example of Israel, which is pretty good at protecting the sky. We all know the name “Iron Dome”, but even it does not protect 100%,— he said (quote from Ukrinform). Reznikov noted that he spoke in Israel with the manufacturers of these systems. According to him, the “Iron Dome” protects against “slow at low altitudes with easy hitting missiles, made essentially in garages.”

The minister believes that Ukraine needs to develop

own missile defense system “or receive, including from our partners.”

“Iron Dome”— a system that is designed to protect against unguided tactical missiles with a flight range of 4 to 70 km. It was developed by the Israeli company Rafael, the project was created with US funding.

Since the beginning of the military operation in Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Defense has repeatedly reported that it is using Kalibr cruise missiles. and “Onyx”. The agency insists that it uses them only for strikes against military targets.

On June 8, Ukrainian Ambassador to Israel Yevhen Korniychuk said that Kyiv wants to buy a missile defense system from the country. However, Jerusalem Post sources doubted that Israel would sell the “Iron Dome” Ukraine or another country due to agreements with the United States governing the export of defense products, as well as international obligations in the field of control over the export of such products.

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The question of the possible transfer of the “Iron Dome” to Ukraine was raised even before the start of the Russian military operation, in the fall of 2021. Then the Politico newspaper wrote that some members of the US Congress proposed to supply Kyiv with two tactical missile defense systems. The Russian Foreign Ministry considered these reports to be indicative of “military preparations” Kyiv.

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