A First Glance at the Iron Dome

Mor Chasdai, IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson

The Iron Dome anti-aircraft system was presented in a technological weapons exhibition; it is scheduled to be deployed for use in the summer of 2010

Date: 25/04/2010, 2:52 PM     Author: Nadav Deutscher and Jonathan Urich

The Iron Dome System, which is expected to provide defense to residents of Israel’s South against rockets launched from the Gaza Strip, is entering into the final stages of performance testing and was even presented this week for the first time in an exhibition of technological weapons which was held at the Rabin military base.

An additional significant step in the system’s development was taken recently, whereby the first battalion of soldiers who will be trained in operating the Iron Dome system was established. The system will be used to deal with short-range missiles with a target range of 5 to 40 kilometers, and 155 mm shells. The system offers an effective, modern, comprehensive and low-cost defense solution, which will enable the IDF (Zahal) to deal with a large number of threats simultaneously.

90% success in rocket interception

The system already has a proven 90% success rate of rocket interception, and it is expected to be deployed for use beginning in the summer of 2010. The system will be operated by the Anti-Aircraft network of the Israeli Air Forces. Training personnel and the soldiers of the Anti-Aircraft network will operate the Iron Dome system and it is under the responsibility of Israel Aerospace Industries and the Israeli Air Force, whereby responses by the system will be adapted according to the actions of the operating soldier.

The system operators undergo simulations which replicate in high-quality the environment the soldiers work in and the mode of behavior of the system and the rocket interception. Additionally, the system has the ability to store scenarios within itself so that it is possible to arrange them and use them according to different categories depending on the training needs.