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Britain buys Israeli 'Iron Dome' missile defence system for Falklands

The British government has purchased the technology used in the Israeli-made Iron Dome missile defence system, to be deployed in the Falkland Islands.

According to Ynet, the £78 million-pound purchase will see the technology, developed by a subsidiary of Iron Dome developers and Israeli arms giant Rafael, "used for command and control of a British air defence system called Land Ceptor".

The Israeli news site said that "the British acquisition is part of a move by the Israeli company to sell the advanced system to the armies of Israel's allies and NATO".

Two years ago, Britain's Ministry of Defence "decided to equip the islands with a £280 million defence package following an exchange of threats with the [Argentinian] government", Ynet reports.

"We held an open tender at the end of which we decided to purchase the Rafael system", a source at Britain's MoD, said.

Their technology will provide us with the main computerized system that will connect our modern radar with the launchers of the air defence system to strengthen the protection of the Falkland Islands

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