Iron Dome battery
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IDF defers Iron Dome deployment in TA
Military temporarily suspends planned positioning of Iron Dome battery in central Israel, reassigns it back to southern sector

The IDF has temporarily suspends the planned deployment of an Iron Dome battery in the greater Tel Aviv area, Ynet learned Wednesday.


The battery was to be deployed for a routine systems check, but following a recent situation assessment, the IDF opted to redeploy it in southern Israel.


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Two Iron Dome batteries are deployed near Ashdod and Ashkelon and one is positioned near Beersheba.


A fourth missile defense battery is scheduled to be deployed in the next few weeks. Two more will follow by 2014.


The IAF is currently training reserve forces to man the fifth and sixth batteries.


An IDF source told Ynet that the decision to man the batteries with reserve forces "stemmed from personnel considerations."



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