IDF tests missile defense systems

IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson

IAF conducted an exercise last week in order to compare the manner in which missile defense systems work together against missiles launched into Israel.

Date: 28/03/2010, 4:38 PM     Author: Jonathan Urich

Last week, the Israel Air Force conducted a computerized trial run in order to test the joint operation of anti-missile defense systems. The exercise compared the manner in which missile defense systems work together against missiles launched into Israel, from both the Gaza Strip and other enemy countries. The trial run will allow the Air Force to evaluate which method works best in order to deal with various threats.

Lt. Col. Avi Cohen, head of the Air Force Defense Industry, referred to the exercise and said, “After feeding all the data of the different systems into the computer, we ran different scenarios of missile attacks and examined the correct responses – what happens when one system is not sufficient and how the alternate system backs it up, and how they all work together.”

“Eventually we will need to examine critical points such as whether to control these systems from one or more operations rooms, what are the systems’ operating ranges, and the synergy between them,” he said.

Also in the trial run, Air Force Network Commander Brig. Gen. Doron Gavish said that “we are looking forward to build an active defense system aimed for better protection of the State of Israel.”