The United States has tested the short-range interceptor missile used by Israel’s Iron Dome system with a view to incorporating it or a future American counterpart in European-based air defences against Russia, a U.S. Army general said on Monday.

Developed with funding help from Washington, Iron Dome has had a 90 percent shoot-down rate against Palestinian rockets, Israeli and U.S. officials say. But the system’s $50 million unit price and limited reach have dampened its export appeal.

Visiting Israel, Major-General Glenn Bramhall of the U.S. Army’s Air and Missile Defense Command said he saw a new need to complement his corps’ mid-range Patriot and THAAD interceptors with a thrifty system for less powerful missile threats. […]