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there isnt much more then 10ks deapth in gaza
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Arrow IDF Considers Deploying Iron Dome as of Sunday

IDF Considers Deploying Iron Dome as of Sunday
by Elad Benari

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/143132


In the wake of the escalation of rocket attacks originating from Gaza towards southern Israel, the IDF is considering beginning to use the Iron Dome rocket defense system in the communities around Gaza already as of Sunday.

The final decision on the matter is expected over the weekend, after the IDF assesses the situation and decides where, if at all, to place the two batteries of the system, whose purpose to provide protection against Kassam and Grad rockets fired from Gaza. Each battery can protect just one city.

The Iron Dome system is designed to intercept short-range rockets with a relatively small warhead that are launched from a distance of 4.5 to 70 kilometers. Under certain conditions it could also be effective against mortar shells.

In the present circumstances, the system would be able to protect a predetermined area with a size of 10X10 km from rockets and mortars. The system knows how to calculate the path of rockets and mortar shells and avoids shooting down those rockets that would be landing in open areas. Iron Dome is unable, however, to intercept objects that are fired from a distance of less than 4.5 km.

Last month it was reported that Iron Dome is near completion. However, it has not been defined as operational, despite having recently passed a trial run by the Air Force after previously passing tests created by its designers. If it is indeed deployed as of Sunday, it would still be in what is defined as an “experimental stage”.

Meanwhile, the rocket attacks from Gaza continued on Thursday, hitting the Israeli port city of Ashdod as well as at other Jewish communities. One Grad Katyusha missile slammed into an open area in the city.

By mid-afternoon, five rockets fired from Gaza had exploded in various parts of Israel's western Negev. A short-range Kassam rocket landed in an open field in the Eshkol Regional Council district at about 2:00 p.m. Shortly after noon, another Kassam slammed into an open area in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council district. Close to 11:00 a.m. a rocket from northern Gaza also landed in the Eshkol Regional Council district.

(IsraelNationalNews.com)
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/143132
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Arrow Iron Dome intercepts first rocket

Iron Dome intercepts first rocket




Residents in Ashkelon reported Thursday seeing Israel's new Iron Dome defense system intercept a Grad rocket fired towards the southern city from the Gaza Strip. IDF officials called the interception a "historical moment", saying it was the first of its kind in the world.

Two intercepting missiles were fired at the rocket, but the first succeeded in hitting it, an army official said.

Eyewitnesses told Ynet they saw the rocket explode in midair and realized that the system had intercepted its first rocket.

Moshe Ben Hemo, a resident of Ashkelon, said, "I was in the street and I heard a strange sound, like someone pushing the gas pedal of a car. Then I saw the rocket fly through the air and explode. Immediately I realized that it was Iron Dome, that's what has been said here."

He added that the rocket alert had not been set off. "The rocket was apparently supposed to explode in Ashkelon. In any case I'm glad the system works," he said.

After hitting a student bus traveling through Shaar Hanegev Regional Council Thursday, critically wounding a 16-year old boy and lightly injuring the driver, terrorists in Gaza fired some 45 rockets and mortar shells at Israel. No further injuries were reported.

The IDF immediately began bombing targets in Gaza in response to the onslaught. Palestinian medics said a 50-year old man was killed in the airstrikes along with three others, and a number of other people injured, including a child.

Ashkelon's Iron Dome system was set up just Monday, with soldiers running extensive tests to make sure it was functioning properly. Another system was set up earlier in Beersheba.

The defense establishment decided to place the system earlier than planned due to the recent escalation of violence in the south. It has already been set up in Haifa, and in the coming weeks officials plan to put it in place in central Israel as well.

Despite Thursday's onslaught, Hamas called on the international community to "stop Israel's aggression in the Gaza Strip". Hamas spokesman Taher Nunu said the organization would appeal to the UN Security Council because Israel was not honoring a lull agreement in Gaza.

The terror organization claims Israel is taking advantage of regret expressed by Judge Richard Goldstone over his report on Operation Cast Lead, which accuses Israel of war crimes, in order to attack the Palestinian people.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the Palestinian fire, which included dozens of rockets and mortar shells after the attack on the bus, derives from a desire to protect the people of Gaza and "pressure the occupation to stop its crimes".

He added that the IDF was also trying to ignite violence "in order to thwart inter-Palestinian truce efforts" between Hamas and rival Fatah. He stressed that the Palestinian "will not sit by as innocent blood is shed".

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Arrow Hamas 'Testing Iron Dome for Weak Spots'

Hamas 'Testing Iron Dome for Weak Spots'
by Gil Ronen

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/143468



Hamas is testing the revolutionary Israeli anti-rocket system, Iron Dome, to learn how it works and find its weak spots, security sources estimated Sunday, as terrorists continued to fire rockets at Be'er Sheva and Ashkelon.

IDF sources told Arutz Sheva's Haggai Huberman that by massive firing of rockets Hamas is trying to determine which areas are protected by Iron Dome and how effective the system is. It will also be gauging the angle at which Iron Dome fires its anti-missile missiles, and more.

Both Ashkelon and Be'er Sheva are protected by Iron Dome batteries, which have intercepted at least eight terrorist rockets in the past few days. An additional rocket may have been intercepted Sunday morning.

On Friday night (Sabbath eve), the Iron Dome battery at Be'er Sheva blocked two rockets that had been fired at the city. The second Iron Dome battery currently deployed has thus far intercepted six missiles that were on their way to hit Ashkelon.

The Iron Dome system currently protects the municipal centers near which it is stationed. It does not fire at missiles that its computer identifies as being en route to more sparsely populated regions.
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It's great to see Iron Dome proving its detractors wrong. The IDF knew what they were doing when they down-selected to this as the most effective alternative to meeting Israel's needs.

The politicians need to remember, however, that a shield is good, but it still no replacement for a sword. Iron Dome is intended to buy Israel time, to protect civilian population centers while the rocket launch sites are being targeted. It is not, however, an excuse for complacency. No missile defense system is going to be fool proof, and Israel has to be ready to go on the offensive if the rocket launches don't subside, and take them out at their source.
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Arrow Video: Iron Dome intercepts Grad rocket fired from Gaza

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http://www.jpost.com/VideoArticles/V...aspx?id=216014

Defense Ministry releases clip showing missile defense system battery near Ashkelon in action.



The Defense Ministry on Sunday released a video that shows the Iron Dome missile defense system in action intercepting a Grad rocket fired from Gaza towards Ashkelon.


In the video, an Iron Dome battery near Ashkelon can be seen taking down a rocket which was fired over the weekend.

Last week, the Iron Dome counter-rocket defense system intercepted a Grad-model Katyusha rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, proving its capabilities in combat for the first time.

IDF sources said the rocket was detected shortly after it was launched in the direction of Ashkelon, south of which a battery was deployed.

Two Tamir interceptors were fired at the Katyusha and the first intercepted it, a senior Israel Air Force officer said.

“This is a historic achievement and the first time in the world that a short-range rocket was shot down in this way,” one defense official said.






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Iron Dome intercepts Grad rocket fired from Gaza


http://www.jpost.com/VideoArticles/V...aspx?id=216014

Defense Ministry releases clip showing missile defense system battery near Ashkelon in action.


Oh, its beautiful.

Thanks for the video, Paparock !
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Arrow Analysis: Iron Dome changes the Gaza equation

Analysis: Iron Dome changes the Gaza equation
By YAAKOV KATZ




Many people from within and outside the defense establishment had questioned the Iron Dome's capabilities. They were wrong.

On Sunday, schoolchildren go on their annual Pessah vacation, and the real countdown begins – to end the current round of violence between Israel and Hamas before the start of the holiday.

The IDF had prepared for this current round and accurately predicted that it would take place after it bombed the car in southern Gaza last Friday night, killing three senior Hamas operatives who were planning attacks against Israelis in Sinai. The answer came on Thursday with the anti-tank missile that hit the school bus near Kibbutz Sa’ad.

The IDF has been warning for several months of the growing rift within Hamas between the political echelon, led by Ismail Haniyeh, and the military wing, led by Ahmed Jabari.

Haniyeh and the rest of the Hamas government are mostly interested in solidifying their regime, and are currently more concerned about the possibility that the unrest in the Arab world will spread to Gaza than they are with Israel. For this reason, Hamas has cracked down hard in recent weeks on any signs of demonstrations and, like Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has not hesitated to use brutal force to quell the riots.

Jabari has other interests.

First, he apparently felt the need to avenge the Israeli strike against his fellow Hamas operatives. It didn’t help that one of the men killed in last week’s strike was a personal friend of his.

Secondly, he has prevented his fighters from using their weaponry against Israel since Operation Cast Lead two years ago, allowing Islamic Jihad to steal most of the show and gain prominence as an up-and-coming organization and power player in the Gaza Strip. His subordinates have felt real frustration.

After all, they smuggled powerful and high-quality weaponry into Gaza, but were not allowed to use it.

There are two main differences between this current escalation and the one that led to Operation Cast Lead two years ago.

First, Israel is not agreeing so quickly to a cease-fire, and has made clear that it will not accept one in which Hamas fires rockets and Israel refrains from firing back.

“It will either have to be a full cease-fire, or nothing,” a senior defense official explained Saturday night.

The second difference is the successful operation of the Iron Dome counter-rocket system.

Many people from within and outside the defense establishment had questioned its capabilities.

They were wrong. Based on the 10 interceptions since Thursday, Iron Dome works.

While it does not intercept every rocket fired into Israel, that is because it is designed to intercept only those set to strike populated areas. If the system detects a rocket falling in an open field, it will not fire an interceptor. At the same time, there are still only two batteries – deployed outside Beersheba and Ashkelon, respectively – hardly enough to provide an adequate defense for southern Israel.


Nevertheless, this does provide Israeli leaders with unprecedented diplomatic maneuverability.

While rockets are hitting within Israel, the damage and number of casualties is lower than it would have been in the past, due to Iron Dome. This means the government does not feel as much domestic pressure to launch a larger offensive against Hamas, and can consider its options more slowly and more carefully.

It also means that the government feels it can continue to strike at terrorists it detects in Gaza, even at the risk of more rocket attacks.

The clock will be ticking, though, with Seder night approaching. What will likely happen is that Israel and Hamas will try to find a way to end this cycle before it escalates any further, so Israelis can celebrate Pessah and Jabari and his men can go back to the drawing board and plan for tomorrow.

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Israel's new Defense Ministry Director General Maj Gen (Res) Udi Shani has revealed that Israel intends to invest $1 billion in procuring and supporting Israel's Iron Dome missile batteries over the next several years.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition...ystem-1.360610

According to Shani, "We are talking about [having] 10-15 Iron Dome batteries. We will invest nearly $1 billion on this. This is the goal, in addition to the $205 million that the U.S. government has authorized."

Shani also revealed that five foreign governments have also expressed an interest in acquiring the Iron Dome system.

Nonetheless, Shani cautions against over-reliance on the Iron Dome to resolve all of Israel's defensive needs. "We have [accomplished] a significant achievement in reaching operational capability sooner than expected, but this is not a system that can ensure the interception of every rocket in every situation. These batteries, when they are deployed, will limit the number of casualties from rockets and will provide, in case of fighting, decision-making space. But in the end, it is also a matter of physics and technology. The technology cannot stand alone."
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Speaking at a hearing at the US Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, US Army Lt Gen Patrick O'Reilly (the director of the US Missile Defense Agency) confirmed that the US is funding the procurement of an additional four Iron Dome batteries to defend Israeli population centers from Hamas and Hezbollah, as part of the 2011 budget that was only recently approved.
http://defense-update.com/wp/2011053...iron_dome.html
 
The IDF currently has two Iron Dome batteries deployed in southern Israel, and will be standing up a third unit by the end of this year. Three additional units are scheduled for deployment in 2012. Rafael also expects to introduce a new, truck-mounted version of the system, to allow it to more readily be redeployed between Israel's southern and northern fronts.
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^^ Good to see this administration doing at least something right with regards to Israel.
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Any new news about Iron Dome System ?
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Arrow ‘Iron Dome’ Intercepts Three Rockets over Ashkelon

‘Iron Dome’ Intercepts Three Rockets over Ashkelon
The Iron Dome defense system intercepted three Grad rockets aimed at Ashkelon Sunday morning as Israel debates how to react to Hamas’ war.


by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
21/08/11
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/147008




The Iron Dome defense system intercepted three Grad rockets aimed at Ashkelon Sunday morning while Israel debates how to react to Hamas’ latest escalation in its war on the country.

The new system has proved effective but is far from offering Israelis total protection from missile attacks.

The Netanyahu government earlier this year approved buying four additional battery systems that will not be in operation for at least another 12 months.

The mobile air defense system is being manufactured by Israel’s development by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to intercept short-range rockets and artillery shells from a distance of up to 70 kilometers (approximately 45 miles), less than the distance from Gaza to the heart of Tel Aviv.

The Iron Dome can operate day and night and under all weather conditions, but it is very expensive per use, and there are not enough systems in operation to protect several cities at the same time.
Each intercept missile costs between $35,000-$50,000, thousands of times more than the cost of Hamas’s primitive Kassam rockets.

Israel needs at least 20 batteries to protect the country’s borders with Gaza and Lebanon, and only two systems are operating, with a third one expected to be deployed in the next few weeks.
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A couple of articles popped up over the past week, regarding the success - and limitations - of Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system. The first, deals with the recent successes of Iron Dome in intercepting rockets fired from Gaza.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/0...77L54W20110822
Israeli officials on Monday praised the effectiveness of the U.S.-funded Iron Dome anti-rocket defence system, despite its failure to shoot down a rocket fired from Gaza that killed a man in a residential area.
 
A senior commander said Iron Dome interceptors had shot down 20 incoming projectiles fired by Gaza militants in five days of cross-border violence and said that statistically the fact that one rocket got through did not mean the system had failed.
 
Colonel Zvika Haimovitch, an air force officer in charge of Israel's active air defence units, said that was a very high rate of success but no system could guarantee total protection.
 
The Iron Dome battery placed to protect the southern city of Beersheba intercepted four of five rockets fired in one barrage but failed to stop the one that got through and killed the man and wounded several other people when it landed near a house.
 
Iron Dome's makers claim it has a "very high percent success rate" and the published figures for successful intercepts suggest a 93.3 percent kill rate.
So in plain English, the system works as advertised, but it is not and never will be 100-percent foolproof. As I've stated many times before, a missile defense system is intended to limit damage, and provide Israel's armed forces with an opportunity to respond to enemy fire. It should never be mistaken, however, as an excuse for complacency. When rockets are falling it is incumbent upon Israel's political leadership to authorize Israel's armed forces to take appropriate, offensive action to eliminate the source of the rocket fire - not wait to see if a "lucky" rocket gets through. I am pleased that Israel's current leadership has shown no such restraint in retaliating against the source of the attacks. I can only pray that future leaders act in a similar manner.
 
The second article that popped up recently surrounds the deployment of Israel's third Iron Dome battery.
http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...ntercepts.html
The Israeli air force will deploy its third Rafael-produced Iron Dome mobile air defence system in September, the nation's government has announced.
 
Using a current two batteries, the air force has succeeded in intercepting 90% of the BM-21 Grad 122mm and Kassam rockets that have been launched into Israel from the Gaza Strip.
 
They have destroyed 20 rockets that had assumed a trajectory likely to come down on populated areas, while others judged as not posing a risk were ignored.
 
Israel fielded its first Iron Dome near Ashqelon in early April.
 
According to an emergency plan its air force will by the end of 2013 operate nine systems, to intercept short-range rockets and artillery shells.
 
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A couple of articles popped up over the past week, regarding the success - and limitations - of Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system. The first, deals with the recent successes of Iron Dome in intercepting rockets fired from Gaza.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/0...77L54W20110822
Israeli officials on Monday praised the effectiveness of the U.S.-funded Iron Dome anti-rocket defence system, despite its failure to shoot down a rocket fired from Gaza that killed a man in a residential area.
 
A senior commander said Iron Dome interceptors had shot down 20 incoming projectiles fired by Gaza militants in five days of cross-border violence and said that statistically the fact that one rocket got through did not mean the system had failed.
 
Colonel Zvika Haimovitch, an air force officer in charge of Israel's active air defence units, said that was a very high rate of success but no system could guarantee total protection.
 
The Iron Dome battery placed to protect the southern city of Beersheba intercepted four of five rockets fired in one barrage but failed to stop the one that got through and killed the man and wounded several other people when it landed near a house.
 
Iron Dome's makers claim it has a "very high percent success rate" and the published figures for successful intercepts suggest a 93.3 percent kill rate.
 
one thing from this article popped out at me...

"... the U.S.-funded Iron Dome anti-rocket defence system..."

1) as far as i know, the americans have had absolutely nothing to do with the development of the Iron-Dome (unlike the Arrow), other than saying they will contribute 225million dollars for some to be built, and as far as i know the money has never actually been given out

2) seems to me many journalists do everything within their power to highlight the special security relationship between the US and Israel in a negative light... I don't see them writing "the european funded militias in Libya (/insert country here) are..."
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Arrow Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ missile defense system hits 85% of targets

Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ missile defense system hits 85% of targets



http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...olitical-hits/
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Monday, August 29, 2011


Israel’s cutting-edge missile defense called Iron Dome scored an 85 percent success rate in knocking out rockets launched against Israel’s southern cities in recent clashes with Gaza.

Iron Dome in April became the first anti-ballistic missile system to be used in combat,” said Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States.

Israeli officials said the country’s two batteries of Iron Dome missile interceptors shot down Russian-made Grad and Qassam rockets fired from Gaza positions by smaller terrorist groups such as the Popular Resistance Committees and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The battlefield success of Iron Dome could change the political calculus in Israel by providing protection against attacks that prevented Israel from withdrawing after it dismantled settlements in Gaza in 2005.

Mr. Oren said 1,000 Qassam rockets were fired into southern Israel from August 2005 to May 2006. At the time, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon formed a political party, Kadima, to complete what he called disengagement, or the withdrawal of Israeli forces and the dismantlement of settlements in Palestinian areas of the West Bank that the Jewish state did not intend to keep within its final borders. The continuous barrage of rockets from Gaza is widely seen as stopping disengagement in its tracks.



A rocket is launched from a new Israeli anti-missile system known as Iron Dome in order to intercept a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip, in the southern city of Beersheba, Israel, on Aug. 21, 2011. (Associated Press)

“This restores Israel’s deterrence against a weapons system that Israel’s enemies believed Israel was incapable of defending against,” said Patrick Clawson, the director of research for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “Second, by doing that, it makes it politically possible to talk about trading territory for peace, even if you are not confident that the new authorities can stop missile attacks by terrorists from that territory.”

The Obama administration has supported Iron Dome. In the current defense budget, the Pentagon provides $205 million for Iron Dome deployments, in addition to the nearly $3 billion Israel received in U.S. military financing for 2011.

Rep. Steven R. Rothman, a New Jersey Democrat who is the lead lawmaker on the House Appropriations Committee that secured the additional money for Iron Dome, said the missile defense system “serves as an essential part of Israel’s multilayered umbrella of anti-rocket and anti-missile defenses, and over the past week this system has shown just how capable it is.”

A former senior Israeli defense official with detailed knowledge of the Iron Dome system said it is a crucial element of Israeli defenses. “But it is not a silver bullet because there will always be 10 times more rockets than Iron Dome interceptors can stop,” he said.

Despite the high success rate, one Grad rocket did get past the Iron Dome battery protecting the Israeli city of Be’er Sheva, killing one and wounding eight, according to Israeli news reports.

Mr. Oren said the Iron Dome system can distinguish between rockets and missiles that will land in civilian areas and rockets that do not need to be intercepted because they will impact in remote areas.

One criticism of Iron Dome is that it costs about $100,000 to fire an interceptor, compared with the cost of about $1,000 for Palestinians to fire a Qassam rocket.

Einat Wilf, a member of Israel’s Knesset who serves on the foreign affairs and defense committees, said “the cost is a major issue with Iron Dome.”

She added that the system works well for populated areas and strategic targets. “We don’t use it to stop everything. This is one way to balance the equation financially,” Ms. Wilf said.

Ms. Wilf also said Iron Dome cannot defend areas close to rocket launch areas, such as the southern Israeli town of Sderot.

Carl Sherer, an Israeli blogger who closely follows the development of Iron Dome, said the system cannot operate at short distance.

“They don’t deploy at anything less than 7 kilometers from Gaza,” he said. “This means that Israel’s cities that are less than 7 kilometers from Gaza, like Sderot, can’t be covered by Iron Dome because it takes too long for the human being operating the system to fire on the rocket after its launched from Gaza.”

Mr. Clawson said Iron Dome still could end up doing for missile attacks what Israel’s security barrier did to stop the threat of suicide bombers.

“The concern was how do you stop suicide bombers, and the answer was the security barrier,” Mr. Clawson said. “Now the problem has been missiles, short range missiles and rockets. Iron Dome is making a big dent on this problem.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...olitical-hits/
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:43 AM
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There is only one simple, cheapest and rational way..and that is (re-) occupying the zones from where the shooting-attacks come from. Israel should never have left South-Lebanon nor the Gaza strip without a rock-solid "peace" deal guarantied by the international community. Israel is too small to adopt a defensive attitude, once our military doctrine was to breng the combat on lands held by the enemy now we are lead by a weak leadership applying a self defeting policy.
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:21 PM
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ok, this just kills me.
i just have to know once and for all, and i hope someone can answer me.

WHY, for the love of GOD, doesn't Israel get Skyguard ?
if the system works, why not use it ?
Israel worked with Grumman on THEL, the predecessor to the Nautilus, which went on to become the Skyguard, and many have asked that very same question.
I believe the lobbyists for Rafael and a more traditional approach simply won the argument in the MoD. Israel already had experience with the Arrow, and the chemical based laser systems were seen as possibly having various other problems. I too think that laser weapons have to be in the mix in a layered system of missile defense, and will be eventually.
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Success for Iron Dome: Scored 90% Accuracy

Defense Minister says IDF missile defense system intercepted 27 of 30 rockets it tried to shoot down.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 3/10/2012, 9:27 PM


Barak at Iron Dome site
Israel news photo: Flash 90


Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Saturday that the IDF's Iron Dome system carried out 30 attempted interceptions of rockets fired from Gaza since Friday, successfully shooting down 27 of them. "This is a 90% success rate – a very high percentage – and we have 13 or 14 dead in Gaza and some serious damage done to the Resistance Committees' infrastructures," he added.

The IDF Website counted 31 attempted interceptions, with 28 successes, by 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

Barak explained: "The current round began with the hit on Zuheir al-Qaisi, one of the heads of the Popular Committees, who apparently was in the process of planning a large scale terror attack that I cannot yet say has been thwarted. This turned into a round [of fighting]."

Barak congratulated all those involved in Iron Dome, which proved itself to be an effective – if expensive – anti-missile defense over the weekend. "This is the time to say thank you to Iddo [Maj. Gen. Iddo Nechushtan – ed.], the IAF Commander, who was behind the vigorous effort to complete and operationally deploy the Iron Dome batteries as they arrive, and thank you to the Aerial Defense fighters, and of course, thank you to the industries' people for the extraordinary accomplishment of Iron Dome."

The Defense Minister added: "This system, which is part of the multi-layer interception system, changes not only the defense of civilians, but also the freedom of operation of the military leadership and the political tier when we deal with the threats that surround us."

"I think it is time to say that this accomplishment, by Iron Dome, needs to be expanded and translated to the other layers, of Magic Wand and the two tiers of the Arrow, so that the citizens of Israel – in the Middle Eastern situation – will have the best defenses that Israeli technology and the accomplishments of our people and fighters can provide."

"This is an effort that will take several years, but it is vital to enter it as soon as possible so that it ripens."

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke with the heads of the councils in the south that were fired at (Be’er Sheva, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kiryat Malakhi, Gan Yavneh, the Eshkol Regional Council, the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council and the Bnei Shimon Regional Council). He asked the council chairmen to convey to residents his esteem for their fortitude. The mayors noted the security that the Iron Dome system provides to their residents.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “We will continue to hit whoever plans to attack citizens of the State of Israel. At the same time, we will continue to improve home front defense.

See original source here: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Ne...1#.T1zONzFmI1m
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