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Iron Dome missile defense system likely to be ready by 2010

Posted in Internal Israeli Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009

An analysis of Katyusha rockets fired by Hezbollah during the Second Lebanon War of 2006 showed that only 1,000 rockets (25 percent of all rockets launched) landed in populated areas. Rafael says that if Iron Dome had been operational at the time of the war, the majority of those missiles could have been shot down at a cost of tens of millions shekels, a negligible amount when compared to the loss of life, destruction of property and strategic damage actually caused by Hezbollah.

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Israel successfully tests ‘Iron Dome’

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 26, 2009

During the test, a number of rockets were launched, “of the same type that were fired in recent years at Israel,” and the Iron Dome system responded “accordingly,” the Defense Ministry said, using terminology indicating a successful interception of the projectiles.

The Iron Dome system is slated to defend southern and northern Israel from Hamas and Hizbullah rockets, and be a key component in a multi-layered missile defense system that includes the Arrow anti-ballistic missile shield.


It said the missiles, which can destroy rockets with a range of up to 70 km, will become operational in 2010 when the first batch is delivered to the Israeli air force.