VIDEO LINK: Iron Dome background film from Rafael
Video Link: First Intercept by Iron Dome
An anti-rocket missile system intended to be effective against short range rocket threats like Kassams and Katyushas, Iron Dome was selected on February 4, 2007 by the Israeli Ministry of Defense, and later approved by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, from a range of Missile Defense options as the only active defense system to be acquired for this class of threats. Rafael has responsibility for the Iron Dome program.
Little information is available on the details of Iron Dome. The first reported successful shootdown of a Katyusha by the Iron Dome system occurred in mid-July 2009. Press reports refer to an anticipated operational deployment of the system by mid-2010. Anticipated cost for each rocket is estimated to be between $30,000 and $50,000.
Click here for link to Rafael's Iron Dome Brochure.