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Rocket fire increases; IDF may deploy Iron Dome soon
The Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/24/11 | Yaakov Katz

Posted on 03/25/2011 9:04:22 AM PDT by Evil Slayer

Some defense officials warn of ramifications of deploying system without ability to protect all of cities under missile fire.

As missile fire from the Gaza Strip escalated on Thursday, the IDF is preparing for the possible deployment of the Iron Dome counter-rocket defense system along Israel’s border with Gaza.

In late February, the Israeli Air Force held a test of the counter-rocket defense system, Iron Dome, which was supposed to serve as the final stage before declaring the system operational.

While a month has passed since then, the system is nowhere to be found despite the recent escalation and daily rocket and missile attacks against Israeli towns and cities in the South.

Officially, the IAF claims that even though the system successfully passed the final round of tests in February, it is still not ready for deployment. On the other hand, some defense officials have accused the IAF of getting cold feet and of refusing to deploy the system due to a fear that it might not work.

Iron Dome is designed to defend against rockets at a range of 4-70 km and each battery consists of a multimission radar manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries and three launchers, each equipped with 20 interceptors named Tamir.

The main problem is that the Defense Ministry has so far only purchased and received two Iron Dome batteries, each of which can protect an urban area of approximately 100 square kilometers.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: gaza; idf; irondome; israel; israie

1 posted on 03/25/2011 9:04:26 AM PDT by Evil Slayer
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To: Evil Slayer

The best defense is always a good OFFENSE. Israel should just rocket those mud people back to PRE-stone age, since they are already in the stone age now.

For ever rocket that comes Israel’s way, they should send back three.

2 posted on 03/25/2011 9:08:03 AM PDT by NWFLConservative
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To: NWFLConservative
Solution: Bring up the M270 MLRS [multiple launch rocket system] and unload 12 M26A1 rocket warheads on the mortar and/or rocket launch sites. With 644 M85 submunitions per warhead you will get the Palestinian’s attention. The longer it takes, keep giving them a rocket enema.
3 posted on 03/25/2011 9:22:16 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: MasterGunner01

I have seen firsthand the aftermath of an MLRS attack, it is NOT pretty. Unless of course, you happen to be on the side who sent them there!

And now with the ATACMS, you can hit pinpoints with them as well.

4 posted on 03/25/2011 9:56:19 AM PDT by NWFLConservative
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To: NWFLConservative
Exactly. The Palestinians expect the Israelis to fight back against their murderous and indiscriminate attacks with one or both hands tied behind their backs.

Enough of this “restraint”. Time to take the gloves off and blast the Palestinians where they are and what they are doing. Time to kill these murderous psychos by the bushel basket until they fear Israel's wrath more than they embrace Palestinian fantasies. (And to the bleeding hearts that continually worry about “innocent” Palestinian lives — there isn't any such thing. Palestinians are brainwashed — men, women, children — to kill Israels and work for the destruction of Israel.)

Israel has to choose between a death by a thousand cuts or to massively deal with the Palestinian cancer.

5 posted on 03/25/2011 10:31:07 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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