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What is Iron Dome ?

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posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 12:46 AM

What is Iron Dome ?

As the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians continues along the Gaza border, Israelis have been putting to use an anti-rocket defense system called "Iron Dome" meant to intercept Palestinian rockets that are headed for major population centers. Along with its tally of "terror target" strikes, the Israel Defense Forces' Twitter feed has announced the number of incoming rockets grounded by the system.

Iron Dome is a Dual-Mission Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar and Very Short Range Air Defense System . It has sensors to detect and intercept short- to medium-range rockets .

It was commissioned by Israel in 2007 following a year in which the country endured thousands of missile attacks, mainly concentrated in the country's northern region.

It was developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems . The Full system consists of 3 portable parts :

- Radar unit : Detects threats in a radius up to about 40 miles
- Battle Management and Control truck : Information on spotted projectiles is evaluated and the command is given to either intercept or ignore
- Interceptor unit : launches a missile programmed to cross paths with the incoming rocket or shell, and detonate it in a way that is as harmless as possible

The Iron Dome was first deployed in March 2011, and it intercepted its first enemy rocket that April.

Iron Dome batteries are programmed to ignore projectiles that are predicted to land in unpopulated areas .

posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 12:52 AM
Each missile fired from an Iron Dome unit costs around $40,000 .

This week, Iron Dome has been up against the rockets fired by the Qassam Brigades, the military faction of Hamas, the Islamist political party and militant group that has been governing the Gaza Strip separately from the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority since 2007.

The rockets fired by the Qassam Brigades are little more than an explosive charge attached to the end of a tube of propellant. So these rockets can be manufactured and deployed in great numbers .

IRON DOME IN ACTION: Best Missile-Intercept Videos of Israel-Hamas Conflict []

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posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 01:39 AM
Check it out in action

posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 01:45 AM

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