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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Iron Dome making Israel safer

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The latest round of rocket attacks from Gaza were met by interceptor missiles, which were part of Israel’s state-of-the-art “Iron Dome” short-range missile defence system. And, ironically, the more missiles fired by terrorists in Gaza, the better the Israel Defense Forces become at shooting them down.

Reports from Jerusalem state that 31 rockets fired from Gaza on Monday were targeted by Iron Dome, which made 23 successful intercepts.

Israeli officials said Iron Dome shot down some three in four of the Palestinian rockets fired in recent days. Developers of the Arrow II, which has so far proved itself only in trials, boast a shoot-down rate for that system of some 90%. Each interception costs between US$25,000 and US$80,000 for Iron Dome, and US$2-US$3-million for Arrow.”

Each Iron Dome battery is equipped with detection/tracking radar, fire control software and missile launchers, sources claim. And each is capable of launching up to 60 interceptors.

The potential threat posed by Iran and its proxies—Hezbollah alone is believed to have some 40,000 rockets—have led to the development of Iron Dome. It and Israel’s already operational Arrow Theater Missile Defense system—a system designed specifically to intercept ballistic missiles—have the potential to protect Israel’s vulnerable urban centres from rockets fired from Gaza or Lebanon, or missiles fired from Iran or Syria.

Furthermore, the Israeli defence ministry says a third system, “David’s Sling,” is currently being developed with the aim of countering medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles.

In a very real sense, a safer Israel means a safer world.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has urged that Israel be “wiped off the map.” Gaza terrorists are helping Israel fine tune defence systems that will thwart his baneful dream.

© 2012 Russell G. Campbell

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