First ‘serious’ Iron Dome trials a success

Posted: March 26, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Gaza, Hamas, Israel
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How Iron Dome works

According to Ynet report, the Iron Dome system – created to protect Israeli citizens from short-range rockets such as Qassam and Katyusha – has passed first ‘serious’ real-life trials with great success:

In recent days, a number of successful trials were conducted for the Iron Dome missile defense system, Defense Ministry officials reported Thursday. Pursuant to the trials, the timeline for deploying it has been advanced.

The officials emphasized that this was a serious trial, since they tested for the type of rockets that terror groups have been launching at Israeli civilians in the Gaza vicinity and western Negev.

They added that the trial had confirmed theoretical research and simulations and, as such, was an important milestone in improving the nation’s operational capabilities.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak was alerted to the results of the trial and said that the development of a multi-layered missile defense system was a national objective.

“The defense establishment is committed to doing everything it can to provide all of Israel’s citizens with protection against rocket and missile threat, said the ministry’s director-general, Pinhas Buchris.

Unfortunately, I still doubt using such system for long periods of time is feasible, as costs of each rocket of ‘cost-effective’ Iron Dome would undoubtly exceed costs of simple rockets such as Qassam. Thus, ID could be a fine defense weapon, however, it cannot provide the sole answer for the rocket fire from Gaza.

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