posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 11:38 PM
Originally posted by intrptr
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by intrptr
That's typical though. Although was the 86% for the entire campaign, or for the last 72 hours? It doesn't have as good a percentage as is being
reported in overall numbers of rockets, but I think if we break it down to actual rockets engaged, then we'll find that it's much higher.
It's like the Patriot in Desert Storm. It actually hit a lot of the missiles it was fired at, the problem was that the debris, which frequently
included the warhead, still landed. So people said that it wasn't nearly as effective as it was.
I wish there was some way that we could know how many were fired that were actually engaged, and break that down into how many were hit, and get a
true percentage of effectiveness.
I don't know how they arrived at those numbers either. Like you said, the issue is more complicated than just "intercepting" an incoming missile. The
fallout from shrapnel (from both missiles) spreads over a wide area, and unexploded warheads may still get thru. If the anti-missile "misses",
it's warhead still detonates up there and all that stuff comes down too.
I'll explain it simply enough. The higher rates (80%+, 75%+) are addressing the percentage of rockets intercepted
out of the rockets that were
The Iron Dome system has radars that calculate the trajectory of incoming rockets and 'predict' the impact destination. Since there is no point
wasting a 10k$ missile on a rocket that's going to hit a desolate area, not all rockets are being engaged, only those that are calculated to hit a
Understanding this, it's only logical to count only the rockets that were targeted at all.
If a total of 100 rockets were launched, 90 destined to hit the desert, 10 destined to hit a city and only 9 were intercepted successfully (suppose
the other one hit), it's valid to say that the system achieved a success rate of 90% even though it shot down 9 out of 100 rockets that were
It's people who don't care about facts and are only out to denounce anything Israel related that spout "OH IRON DOME IS A FAILURE LOL THE 80% FIGURE
IS A LIE". Not talking about you guys of course
I hope this helps explaining it better.
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