Romania is the first country to buy Israel’s Iron Dome short-range rocket interception system after the state-owned company Romaero signed a deal on Thursday with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Systems.

According to the Israeli manufacturer, the deal refers to air defence systems, including the Iron Dome and its naval version. Romania will also acquire Samson remote-controlled weapons stations and Spike anti-tank missiles.

Iron Dome is the world’s only dual mission counter rocket, artillery and mortar, C-RAM, and Very Short Range Air Defence, VSHORAD, system.

The Israeli company said the weapons and equipment will all be produced in Romania by Romaero; the Israeli company said it will allow transfer of technology and know-how.

Neither company disclosed the cost of the agreement.

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