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In Use in Israel

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.

Sources:militaryphotos.net; also haaretz.com; also mfa.gov.il also wikipedia.org




  Technical Details Summary  
Approx. cost/shot less than $100,000
Name Iron Dome
Type anti-missile missile interceptor
Built by Rafael Industries, Israel
Platform specialized canister launchers
Efficient against short range ballistic rockets
Used by Israel? in operation since April 2011




Iron Dome Launch Test


Iron Dome (courtesy BIAF- Israel Aerospace Magazine)


Iron Dome near Sderot (courtesy Wikipedia)










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