Ukraine is building its own iron dome. This American company is the key

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An American company is helping Ukraine build a missile defense system – its own version of Israel’s Iron Dome – to prevent Russian rockets from hitting its people.

According to Israeli officials, the Iron Dome, which detects and destroys incoming missiles, has a success rate of over 90%. Ukraine’s defense system, meanwhile, only intercepts 20% of Russian missiles and rockets, MarketWatch reported.

“Ukrainian technology is old and slow,” JustAnswer CEO Andy Kurtzig told Fox News. “If we could close the skies over Ukraine, Ukrainians will have a much better chance of winning this war and making democracy triumph.”

“When a missile is on its way, having a slow computer isn’t very helpful,” Kurtzig added.

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Destroyed houses are pictured in the village of Vilhivka near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Thursday May 11.
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Destroyed houses are pictured in the village of Vilhivka near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Thursday May 11.
(Reuters/Ricardo Moraes)

Ukraine’s system modernization plan, dubbed ‘Sky Project’, aims to create a mobile all-weather air defense system designed to intercept and destroy rockets and artillery shells, protecting eight regions of Ukraine, according to California-based JustAnswer. The project is a joint initiative of the Lviv Military Administration and Ukraine Air Command West, along with other partners including the Software Association of Japan, itSMF Japan and others.

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JustAnswer CEO Andy Kurtzig visited and volunteered in Ukraine in April.  JustAnswer has over 200 employees in Ukraine.

JustAnswer CEO Andy Kurtzig visited and volunteered in Ukraine in April. JustAnswer has over 200 employees in Ukraine.
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“We help them upgrade their computer systems and their networking systems and software,” Kurtzig said. Ukraine “can be much faster and much more accurate in trying to crush these incoming missiles from Russia.”

A firefighter struggles to put out a blaze after a Russian airstrike hit the House of Culture, which was used to distribute aid, in Derhachi, Ukraine on May 13.

A firefighter struggles to put out a blaze after a Russian airstrike hit the House of Culture, which was used to distribute aid, in Derhachi, Ukraine on May 13.
(Reuters/Ricardo Moraes)

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The war in Ukraine, which is approaching four months, has claimed 10,094 civilian casualties in the country, with 4,509 killed and 5,585 injured, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Most of them came from explosives like missiles or air strikes.

“Part of Russia’s strategy is to bomb everywhere and create fear, uncertainty and doubt among the Ukrainian people,” Kurtzig added. “We are trying to crush that strategy.”

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