Skip to comments.Iron Dome system successful in tests
Posted on 07/15/2009 12:48:53 PM PDT by Michel12
The Iron Dome missile defense system successfully intercepting a number of rockets that mimicked Kassam and short-range Grad-model Katyusha rockets in a series of system tests the Defense Ministry conducted this week.
The Iron Dome, under development by Rafael Defense Systems, is slated to become operational sometime in 2010 and to be capable of intercepting short-range Kassam and Katyusha rockets fired by Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Hizbullah in Southern Lebanon.
The Iron Dome uses an advanced radar that locates and tracks the rocket that is then intercepted by a kinetic missile interceptor.
"A multi-level defense system is a strategic goal for the State of Israel and will provide a layer of protection against short-range rockets," Defense Minister Ehud Barak said. "This will allow the IDF to fulfill its obligation to protect Israel in the best way that it can."
The IDF has already established a new battalion that will be part of the IAF's Air Defense Division and will operate the Iron Dome.
Prototypes of the Iron Dome will likely be supplied to the new battalion in the coming months. The battalion will then commence training with the systems as well as formulating a doctrine for its operation.
The IDF has also located positions along the Gaza border that will be used as bases for the system, which includes a launcher and radar system. After it completes the deployment of the system along the Gaza border, the IDF will begin deploying the system along the northern border with Lebanon.
Well it may force them to find other ways to murder women and children, but I don’t think it will stop them.
Would love to see those system tests. Pretty cool.
Glad to see that at least one country is actively looking to protect its citizens and troops against death from the sky.
The Iron Dome, under development by Rafael Defense Systems, is slated to become operational sometime in 2010 and to be capable of intercepting short-range Kassam and Katyusha rockets fired by Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Hizbullah in Southern Lebanon. The Iron Dome uses an advanced radar that locates and tracks the rocket that is then intercepted by a kinetic missile interceptor.I'd make the wild guess that development will continue such that, within months after this phase becomes operational, advanced prototypes will be tested for knocking out incoming Iranian missiles. Sure will be a shame if the Iranian missiles crashed on the "Palestinians" in Jordan...
Obama will demand that Israel scrap this system as it is destabilizing and negatively effects the Arab's self-esteem.
Don't you know? You CAN'T hit a bullet with another bullet.
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