Friday, November 16, 2012

RPT-Israel's Barak seeks 3 more Iron Dome rocket interceptors

* Anti-rocket system rushed to the field as Gaza burns

* U.S. backs Israeli air defence as missile threats mount

Defence Minister Ehud Barak will seek cabinet approval for funds that could provide Israel with three new Iron Dome rocket interceptors, officials said on Friday as cross-border fighting surged in Gaza.

Israel's military air defence corps has four Iron Dome batteries deployed and will receive a fifth from state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd after Barak rushed its production, his ministry said in a statement.