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Game Changer: Israelís Iron Dome Missile Defense System
Front Page Magazine ^ | 3/12/2012 | Rick Moran

Posted on 03/12/2012 5:45:53 PM PDT by U-238

Palestinian terrorists fired more than 160 rockets at dozens of civilian targets from Friday through Sunday, injuring three Israeli citizens and causing extensive damage. The escalated rocket attacks were in apparent retaliation for an Israeli strike against one of the major commanders of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), which was planning terrorist attacks by infiltrating through the Sinai. The commander, Zuhair al-Qaissi, also planned and carried out attacks through the Sinai last August that killed eight Israelis. Three other terrorists were killed in the strike which precipitated a blizzard of rocket fire from the PRC that struck several towns in southern Israel. The IDF responded with airstrikes against rocket launching sites and terrorist camps.

It could have been worse for the Israelis, except their missile defense system, known as “Iron Dome,” intercepted 90% of the rockets that were targeted. Israeli-designed and built in Israel by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Iron Dome promises to be a “game changer” according to some analysts, once it is fully deployed across the southern border.

Late Sunday, it was reported that Israel had informed Egypt that it would halt air strikes at midnight. Hamas has also agreed to a cease fire, although the PRC has not indicated its agreement to halt the barrage. It hardly matters. Although the barrage was carried out by the Popular Resistance Committees and another terror group, the Palestinian branch of Islamic Jihad, the Israelis believe that Hamas enables the attacks, or at best, refuses to prevent them.

Iron Dome has an unconventional history. It took only three years from design to deployment — a rarity among complex weapons systems. The tracking system was developed by Elta, an Israeli defense company while the computer software was created by the Israeli firm Prest Systems. The interceptor rocket was built by Rafael.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; gamechanger; hamas; irondome; israel; israeliairforce; missiledefense

1 posted on 03/12/2012 5:46:02 PM PDT by U-238
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If the Israelis used the AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder that the South Koreans use, it would help immensely.


2 posted on 03/12/2012 5:49:57 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

Israel should respond to each rocket launch site with an Independently Targeted MOAB.


3 posted on 03/12/2012 5:50:00 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: U-238

Wow. We could use something like this on our southern border....


4 posted on 03/12/2012 5:52:38 PM PDT by bigheadfred (teehee)
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To: U-238

BUMP!


5 posted on 03/12/2012 5:54:49 PM PDT by Spunky
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To: bigheadfred

Unfortunately, the Firefinder only works with locates mortars, artillery, rocket launchers, and missiles


6 posted on 03/12/2012 5:55:12 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

I betcha they could do a small redesign to locate hot sauce.


7 posted on 03/12/2012 5:59:12 PM PDT by bigheadfred (teehee)
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To: U-238

The great thing about the Firefinder that it locates the targets in the first round and it plots the projected impact. Iron Dome and Firefinder together would work perfectly.


8 posted on 03/12/2012 6:01:08 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238
The response to the rocket barrage from the terrorists by the Israeli air force has received the usual blanket coverage in the media, highlighting every Palestinian civilian casualty while downplaying — or not even mentioning — the rain of rockets that is constantly hurled at the Jewish state. Not reported in the media were the 45 separate rocket attacks by the terrorists just since January 1 of this year. That number does not include the dozens of attacks carried out over the last three days.

Israel and the Right know how to take out the enemy without - but how do you take out the MSM enemy within?

9 posted on 03/12/2012 6:01:12 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: PapaNew

Do you have any suggestions?


10 posted on 03/12/2012 6:02:19 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

How do we build something similar to neutralize the MSM enemy within?


11 posted on 03/12/2012 6:03:00 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: U-238
I'm guessing most folks don't understand the significance of this system.

It plots the trajectory of every target and then only fires on those headed toward the most important.

Even when overwhelmed, it will take out the biggest and those which are headed toward a prioritized list of potential impact areas...and can match that trajectory against 10s of thousands of potential impact points.

This is FAR, FAR beyond any technology held by any other country in the world, including us.

12 posted on 03/12/2012 6:03:20 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: PapaNew

I really do not know. I wanted to read your suggestions first.


13 posted on 03/12/2012 6:04:22 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238
Taking out the MSM?

I wish I knew. We need a free press, but instead they have voluntarily become agents of the Left and the Government. Bizarre times in which we live.

14 posted on 03/12/2012 6:06:18 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: U-238
Some footage of Iron Dome in action...

http://www.youtube.com/embed/ry1gkCed7Tw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmoVyKDINlo
15 posted on 03/12/2012 6:27:15 PM PDT by battousai (Conservatives are racist? YES, I hate stupid white liberals.)
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To: Mariner
This is FAR, FAR beyond any technology held by any other country in the world, including us.

We may not have iron dome. But why worry when we have this?

(spit)

16 posted on 03/12/2012 6:35:58 PM PDT by bigheadfred (teehee)
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To: PapaNew; Jim Robinson

The way we take out the MSM is what we are doing now. Using Freerepublic.


17 posted on 03/12/2012 6:47:08 PM PDT by U-238
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To: Mariner

It’s a good system, but the missiles are way too expensive.

There is simply too much expensive gear in the missile that gets blown up along with the target.

Something like 50,000 each... about a quarter million shekels.

There are other ideas that cost far less.... someday they may be built and deployed.

The Israelis could use a phalanx like system to destroy the missiles far more cheaply but they don’t want the rounds falling into Gaza and causing civil casualties.
It’s possible to use smart bullets that explode if they miss the target, the resulting debris so non-aerodynamic that it does not travel much farther.

A system that launches two missiles at each target may be possible. One contains sophisticated gear like what’s in the Iron Dome missiles and controls a twin that flys alongside. The twin strikes the target, the other returns or deploys a chute. Less costly since the dumb twin needs only a cheap cpu to receive instructions and operate control surfaces.

A system that fires many small bullet like projectiles, each with a cpu. It’s simple and cheap to communicate with each projectile using a rudimentary form of microwave radio. The data link would also let the spinning projectiles know their orientation because there is a 3db difference when the tiny antena embedded into the ceramic base of the shell rotates out of polarization with the rf ground signal. This knowledge lets the projectile know when to detonate small internal charges that vent through tiny ports and thus provide guidance. The projectiles would contain a single chip incorporating the rf circuitry and MCU, a capacitor and a few other cheap components. The brains for guidance would be at the ground station. Every time one projectile misses the others are sent data to correct their course toward the target. If they pass the target they are sent a destruct code. The projectiles are powered not by a battery but by a capacitor that is charged in the launcher just prior to firing, data is also loaded to the MCU just prior to firing. The data is held in ram in the MCU so if a projectile is lost it contains no data.

The guidance by detonation of small internal charges that vent through tiny ports is a pretty strange way to control a projectile...especially one that is spinning very fast. It can be done because the guidance computer at the ground station knows the exact orientation of the projectile as it spins and its exact location. It builds up a record of orientation, speed and direction and extrapolates from this data for any point in the projectiles flight. It guides the projectile with tiny nudges the same way fly-by-wire can keep a non-aerodynamic plane stable in flight (like the Wobblin Goblin stealth fighter)


18 posted on 03/12/2012 6:59:10 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: PapaNew
"We need a free press, but instead they have voluntarily become agents of the Left and the Government."

Worse, yet, they're sponsored. The money comes from the constituents most valued and favored by the politicians. Most business is government-linked, running on debt now, and steeped in political correctness.

Avoid buying anything that you don't need, and become more self-sufficient each month. Starve the B.


19 posted on 03/12/2012 7:41:39 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: U-238
The way we take out the MSM is what we are doing now. Using Freerepublic.

That would be nice, but I don't see FR bringing down the MSM.

To be honest, the most effective efforts I've seen against the voluntarily subservient MSM were those of Andrew Breitbart. I think we need about a hundred more Breitbarts who have the wit, fearlessness, and common sense to calmly and methodically take on this self-servient Leftist MSM. I think we could get somewhere with something like that.

20 posted on 03/13/2012 5:02:12 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: PapaNew
Breitbart WAS a freeper - - this is the place he honed his ideas...

The ideas behind taking down the MSM - or as I like to think - making it responsible - came from this site....

21 posted on 03/13/2012 5:05:48 PM PDT by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: PapaNew; Jim Robinson; onyx

I think that Freerepublic has done alot to shine the light of truth on the MSM. We have shown people that the MSM are a bunch of liars who want to advance their leftist agenda.


22 posted on 03/13/2012 5:23:09 PM PDT by U-238
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To: PapaNew; U-238

Its called “the off switch” and it’s guaranteed to be lethal to the Legacy media. Use it often.


23 posted on 03/13/2012 5:35:51 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: PapaNew; U-238; familyop

... but how do you take out the MSM enemy within?
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Easy - lift the rock - - shine a big light. Arrogant elites of the MSM (link below) are beyond words - Remember, now they’re undermining Israel. Watch how they do it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBFOmUXR080


24 posted on 03/13/2012 5:37:15 PM PDT by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: U-238
Found this on YouTube.
25 posted on 03/14/2012 12:15:19 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: U-238
I think that Freerepublic has done alot to shine the light of truth on the MSM. We have shown people that the MSM are a bunch of liars who want to advance their leftist agenda.

I think you're right. FR has a role in shining the light where these roaches are hiding in the dark. But like Breitbart, some people, doesn't even have to be many, with the kind of self-contained talents he exhibited, need to break from the pack and affirmatively go after them.

26 posted on 03/14/2012 5:47:40 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: PapaNew; Jim Robinson

But FR has broken many stories before the conservative media runs with it. We are ahead of the game on many fronts.


27 posted on 03/14/2012 5:53:06 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238
But FR has broken many stories before the conservative media runs with it. We are ahead of the game on many fronts.

That's what first attracted me to this site. It's impressive. I've learned a lot. It's a place to learn and contribute to others' learning.

28 posted on 03/14/2012 5:58:28 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: PapaNew; Jim Robinson

I have learned a lot here and I am continuing to learn new things.


29 posted on 03/14/2012 6:00:44 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238
I have learned a lot here and I am continuing to learn new things.

Speaking of which have you seen this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKgjCDe0BSc

I don't know who Bill Whittle or Pajamasmedia are, but I'm impressed.

30 posted on 03/14/2012 6:21:04 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: U-238
Follow-up to my last post:

Bill Whittle:

- "We don't even call them the News Media anymore, just the media because that's all they are now: a transmission frequency."
- "The [Media] is no longer ignoring the news - the MSM is now in the NEWS SUPPRESSION BUSINESS."
- "Criminally refuse to report..."
- "What we have never seen is the united States without a free press, and that's where we are today."
- "Press malfeasance."

These are the clearest, most concise descriptions of the condition of the MSM in our country I think I've heard.

His last ominous point to Breitbart: you've won some victories, but don't let them regroup and destroy you like they did Hannibal at Carthage.

31 posted on 03/14/2012 6:40:20 PM PDT by PapaNew
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