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ishmael 03-11-2012 08:40 PM

This is reason Israel has nothing to fear from Iran, I hope my belief that Arab nations want to attack Iran and use Israel as a scapegoat are wrong!

shelory 03-11-2012 10:24 PM

i was doing some number crunches after a friend pointed out today like many other people that the iron dome is too expensive compared to the rockets it was destined to intercept, and i came to the conclusion that it is not much more expensive compared to other military equipment that would be used to take out the same rockets. and these are weapon systems that could only take out the rockets when they are still on land and are not airborne.

lets say israel wanted to take out a rocket launcher with any of these weapon system

$30,000 for the use of the aircraft (fuel + maintenance )
$35,000+ for the GBU-38 (JDAM)
a laser guided bomb would cost more.


AGM-114 Hellfire

mcarling 03-11-2012 11:06 PM


Originally Posted by shelory (Post 103281)
i was doing some number crunches after a friend pointed out today like many other people that the iron dome is too expensive compared to the rockets it was destined to intercept....

That's not the right question. The right question is whether defending against the rockets fired at Israel costs more or less than the cost of letting rockets rain on Israel. How much it costs the terrorists to fire the rockets doesn't matter.

Paparock 03-13-2012 12:24 AM

Iron Dome Thwarting Gaza Rockets

by IPT News Mar 12, 2012

More than 40 rockets were fired by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza into Southern Israel Monday, the fourth straight day of attacks targeting civilian areas. In all, more than Israeli military officials say, more than 200 rockets have been fired since Friday, placing more than 1 million people at risk.

Retaliatory Israeli airstrikes reportedly have killed about 20 people.

The good news is that Israel's "Iron Dome" missile defense system "aced its first serious test" by knocking down a majority of the incoming rockets targeted. The system uses radar to identify missiles which are most likely to land in populated areas.

Dozens of missiles fired from Gaza have been intercepted. Videos showing several examples can be seen here.

Analysts say the success rate would be challenged by greater volume. Most of the rockets fired this week are believed to come from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Palestinian Resistance Committees. An Islamic Jihad official indicated it might escalate the conflict, saying it might unleash "fire and destruction."

"Islamic Jihad is frustrated by its inability to inflict real damage on Israelis while the IDF has dealt a significant blow to terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip and their weapons storage facilities," Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai told Army Radio Monday night.

Israeli defense officials say the Islamic Jihad is doing Iran's bidding by firing the rockets. Should things escalate, they say they have plans to take more aggressive action to stop the attacks.

Three Iron Dome batteries are in place in southern Israel. Officials hope to activate 13 throughout the country for more protection and are developing similar systems for longer-range missiles.

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