05 Apr '12, 9am

AIR DEFENSE: Iron Dome Passes The Combat Test - Strategy Page

April 5, 2012: In the last year Israel has seen its Iron Dome anti-rocket system get its first real combat test. Iron Dome has been a success, shooting down over 85 percent of the rockets aimed at Israeli towns and cities. A year ago Israel deployed its only two Iron Dome anti-missile batteries to defend against rockets being fired from Gaza. One was placed near the town of Beer Sheva (the largest town in the Negev desert and east of Gaza) and another near the coastal city Ashdod (the largest city within range of 122mm rockets fired from Gaza). On April 7th, 2011 a 122mm rocket was intercepted near Ashkelon, which is south of Ashdod. This deployment was prompted by an increase in rockets fired from Gaza, and the growing use of longer range (20 kilometers) 122mm rockets. Iron Dome proved that it could work under combat conditions, preventing the longer range, factory made, ...

Full article: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htada/articles/20120405....

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