Why Israel Needs Three Different Missile Defense Systems? – As the “Davids Sling” moves one step closer to deployment of the “Arrow” and “Iron Dome” systems, MilitaryEzyInfo provides a field guide to missile defense in Israel.
Why Israel Needs Three Different Missile Defense Systems?
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – According to Haaretz, the Defense Ministry announced Wednesday that the Honda-David missile defense system has passed its third test and could be deployed as early as next year.
However, the Iron Dome, also known as the “magic wand,” has yet to achieve such fame, while David’s Hanging, also known as the “magic wand,” has become known not only in Israel but also nationwide, partly because of its participation in last summer’s Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip.
So here is a brief introduction to the three elements (and four names) that make up Israel’s missile defense program.
What is the difference between “David’s Sling” and “Iron Dome”?
The three systems are designed to complement each other, each providing protection against missiles and projectiles of different sizes and ranges.
The Arrow system is designed to counter long-range missiles such as Syrian Scud missiles and Iranian Shahab missiles. Iron Dome intercepts short-range missiles such as Kassam and Katyusha.
David’s Sling is designed to intercept medium-range ballistic weapons, particularly high-precision missiles and larger missiles such as the M-600 missiles used by Hezbollah.
Col. Aviram Hassan, head of the Defense Ministry’s Arrow program, said recently that the system was improved based on lessons learned from the Syrian civil war.
Meanwhile, the Iron Dome has been effective in intercepting missiles beyond its intended range, such as the Iranian-made Fazl-5 and R-160, and upgrades to the Arrow have made it capable of intercepting medium-range missiles.
Is Israel really protected from rockets and missiles?
Agency officials stressed that the decision to deploy Iron Dome batteries would depend on Israel’s political leadership, but a senior agency official said the military would deploy the systems without interruption in the event of an emergency.
Defense Ministry officials also continue to insist that the system is not 100 percent reliable. According to the Defense Ministry, during Operation Protective Edge, Iron Dome achieved 89.6 percent accuracy.
However, the IAF commander, Major General Amir Eshel, clearly warned that absolute protection of the entire country is impossible and that “Iron Dome will fail us in the long run.
When can we actually see this system in action?
Iron Dome shot down its first missile in 2011. The first Arrow missile was delivered to the IAF in 1998. David Snelling expects it to be operational by 2016. Arrow 3 is still in the testing phase.
What about drone interceptors?
The IAF is equipped with Patriot batteries to prevent drones near Ashdod and Kunaytra on the Golan Heights. The “David Sling” is designed to intercept drones and cruise missiles.
What is the cost per intercept and who will pay for it?
Estimates published so far put the cost of intercepting an Iron Dome missile at about $50,000, a David Sling missile at $700,000 to $1 million, and an Arrow 2 missile at about $2.7 million.
The Arrow 3 interceptor missiles are slightly less expensive, at about $2.2 million each. Incidentally, the US is partially funding this project.