How Israel Iron Dome Dispersed Hamas Rockets? – Of the thousands of rockets Hamas has fired at Israel, only a few have fallen, and the rest have been destroyed by the “Iron Dome” that protects the Jewish state from Palestinian militants. How does it work?
How Israel Iron Dome Dispersed Hamas Rockets?
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – Since the Israeli-Palestinian violence reached its peak, the night skies over Gaza and Tel Aviv have been increasingly reddened by flying rockets.
More than 1,000 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip, flying uncontrollably through the skies over Israeli territory. Most of them exploded in mid-air and no civilians were harmed.
What is Israel’s “Iron Dome”?
It was the defense system “Iron Dome” that interrupted the Hamas rocket attack, which the Israelis consider their savior.
Iron Dome is an air defense system consisting of a radar and control center that can carry up to four missile launchers with 20 missiles.
It is responsible for analyzing the direction and trajectory of enemy missiles and sending this information to the deterrent missile launch system. This process takes only a few seconds.
Depending on where the shots are fired, Israelis have only 15 to 90 seconds to escape from the moment the sirens sound.
Because of its small size and lightweight, the Iron Dome can be moved relatively quickly. According to the manufacturer, the state-owned Rafael Defense Systems, about 10 units are currently deployed throughout Israel.
Iron Dome is designed to jam only those missiles that threaten populated areas. The jamming missiles do not target directly, but detonate near the target missile, dropping debris to the ground.
Efficient but expensive
It can defend against missiles launched from up to 70 km away. A mobile unit of steel domes reinforced with 60 missiles is said to be capable of defending a medium-sized city. It is estimated that 13 units would be needed to protect all of Israel.
Rafael Defense Systems says the system has a 90 percent success rate. Moshe Patel, head of the Air Defense Agency, says Iron Dome has destroyed 2,400 missiles in the past 10 years.
According to Israeli military intelligence, Hamas fired more than 1,000 rockets in the latest escalation, about 200 of which landed in the Gaza Strip.
The storm of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip has forced the “Iron Dome” system to operate at its limits. This is because, despite its effectiveness, some rockets have hit residential areas.
One of the major drawbacks of Iron Dome is that it costs up to $40,000 per shot. This limits the use of the system developed by the US.