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Israel's Iron Dome is Not So Iron

Updated on November 17, 2012
Iranian missile ranges
Iranian missile ranges
Iron Dome
Iron Dome
Arrow System
Arrow System

Designed by the Israelis to shoot down the incoming Hamas\Hezbollah Iranian made rockets based on the Soviet Grad short range missiles, it has been only moderately successful. The system is not perfect yet it does work, though not 100% effective. The recent deluge of rockets falling upon Israel in the past few days has shown that out of 530 rockets only 184 from Gaza were intercepted, the remaining hit and exploded. Facing the Gaza, there are four Iron Dome systems, each with 3-6 launchers and each launcher has 20 interceptor rockets. The cost effectiveness has shown that it is not so. Most of the rockets fired from Gaza cost only a few hundred dollars while one Iron Dome costs between $30-100,000.

To not waste interceptor rockets, Israeli soldiers have tweaked the computer systems and tracking so that only rockets with a probable trajectory of a city or town will be intercepted, while those destined to hit farmland or less populate areas, will not. Israel is also developing another interceptor system called David's Sling, which will intercept longer ranged missiles for the Lebanon border area, like Iran's Shahab-3 or Syrian Scuds. Also, the Arrow, is another Israeli system that will intercept long range ballistic missiles.

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      William Grant 

      5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Well no system is perfect, but I've noticed a trend with interceptor systems. They seem to perform drastically under their intended capabilities... More so than other military hardware. Star Wars, the Patriot missile system and now the Iron Dome. Expectations seem way out of proportion to reality. Is it a military habit to be more optimistic about defensive systems than with other systems, or is it just that we simply suck at building defensive systems?

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