Israel’s Iron Dome interceptor system was a major factor in the country’s defense, according to the data. Nearly 1,200 rockets have been fired at Israel in the past two days, of which about 300 fell in the Gaza Strip itself, at least one of which injured Palestinians.
Of the other 900 missiles (their number is constantly growing), one third fell in open territory, and of the remaining 600, the Iron Dome successfully intercepted 90% of them. This is an extremely high percentage, and yet it still means that dozens of rockets managed to hit people and property in Ashkelon, Ashdod, Rishon Lezion, Lod and Givatayim, as well as during the opening of the salvo in the Jerusalem hills.
A military source explained that terrorist organizations are continuously examining the efficiency of the Iron Dome and trying to bypass it, mostly by continuously firing dozens of rockets at various ranges.
This method was tested during a round of fighting 18 months ago when Islamic Jihad launched dozens of missiles within minutes, and several managed to escape the Iron Dome. One Hamas statement says, “Their Iron Dome is full of holes and sacred rockets can come anywhere in occupied Palestine.”
Nevertheless, the Iron Dome is still the world’s most advanced short-range interceptor missile system. Each battery costs about $ 100 million, and each Tamir rocket fired costs $ 50,000. The system can intercept all types of short-range missiles, artillery shells up to 155 millimeters in diameter and other missiles up to 70 kilometers.
The iron dome has a minimum range of 4.5 kilometers, which means that it is not able to intercept very short-range missiles. The Tamir interceptor missile, according to foreign reports, could travel at a speed of Mach 2.2 to the target and destroy it at an altitude of about 10 kilometers. The Tamir interceptor missile is very fast and can correct the flight path by maneuvering the fins, which is similar to those mounted on air-to-air missiles, which are faster missiles, designed for faster harder hitting targets such as combat jets.
Last year, the Iron Dome system was upgraded with the added ability to accurately intercept 120- and 160-millimeter mortar shells. The system is now being improved with options to intercept drones and drones up to a range of 10 kilometers.
Iron Dome has been sold in several countries, including the United States, Canada, Romania and India.
Posted by Globes, business news in Israel – en.globes.co.il – May 13, 2021
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