The Israeli Air Force has delayed putting two Iron Dome batteries and the Magic Wand rocket interception system into action, due to budget problems.
The IDF currently has six Iron Dome batteries. The battery proved its effectiveness during Operation Pillar of Defense last year, intercepting more than 80% of the rockets fired at Israel, with only four percent landing in inhabited areas in the country.
The IAF intended to deploy the seventh and eighth batteries in areas where there weren’t air defense systems previously, such as in the country’s north. The military and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, creator of the batteries, said they were ready for the deployment, but due to the additional manpower that the batteries require, the Defense Ministry was forced to freeze their absorption into the air corps.