Standing tall against unremitting rocket campaign by Hamas- Iron Dome, the most effective rocket defense system in world, developed by Haifa-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., Israel. A company already known for its Barak surface-to-air missile (SAM), David’s Sling, SPYDER and Spike fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile.
During the Second Lebanon War in 2006, approximately 4,000 Hezbollah-fired rockets landed in northern Israel, country was tired of waiting for the U.S. Patriot missile system and started developing the Iron Dome platform, designed to counter short-range rockets and 155 mm artillery shells with a range of up to 70 kilometers.
In March of this year Israel announced the Iron Dome had successfully intercepted 90 percent of incoming Gaza missiles that would have landed in populated Israeli areas.
Tony Capaccio at Bloomberg questioned some high ranking officials at the Pentagon Friday, Nov. 17 who corroborate the 90 percent success rate:
Israeli officials including Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren said the system has been about 90 percent effective this week against the Hamas rockets fired from Gaza against Israel. That figure is seen as credible by analysts such as Steve Zaloga, who’s with the Fairfax, Virginia-based Teal Group.
“What they mean is, of the rockets that they are actually shooting at, they are hitting 90 percent,” Zaloga said in a telephone interview yesterday. The military has been “tweaking” the system for improvements since its first combat intercept in April 2011 because “early on they weren’t scoring at that rate,” he said.
Ninety percent “is an extremely high level,” Zaloga said. “Air defense systems are typically not in that range.”
Capaccio also reports Prime Minister Netanyahu is so satisfied with Iron Dome’s results he called President Obama Friday to express his “deep appreciation” for U.S. funding of the Dome, “which has saved countless Israeli lives.”
The Iron Dome has three separate parts
Detection & Tracking Radar: the radar system is designed by Elta, an Israeli defense company specializes in radar, C4ISTAR, RF, SIGINT and EW products.
Battle Management & Weapon Control (BMC): built by mPrest Systems, an Israeli software company, specialized in developing high performance critical systems of several types, including Command & Control (C4I) and Homeland Security (HLS) systems for the defense sector, and civilian systems for the Telecom, medical and hi-tech sectors.
Missile Firing Unit: the unit launches the Tamir interceptor missile, equipped with sensors and fins for high maneuverability.
on March 2011 Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system was declared operational by the Israel Defense Forces