The system for intercepting missiles is considered a winner of the operation "pillar of Defense", Was able to intercept hundreds of short-range rockets launched from the Gaza Strip - with a precision accuracy of 85%. The companies that develop on their side promise that in the next few years, the interceptions will become even more accurate
The IDF's recent operation in the Gaza Strip was notable for its war Internet image Between Israel and the Palestinians, which grew in its wake, but of course most of the attention was diverted. Among the tens (and even hundreds) of the rockets fired from the Gaza Strip every day and the southern and central settlements, stands one of the most advanced missile interception systems in the world - developed entirely by talented Israeli engineers. Now there is no doubt: Iron Dome has become the new Israeli pride - not only because it is a fruit Development Israeli conflict, but also because of the many lives of the residents of the country who were saved by it.
|System in operation, last operation|
For those who are not familiar with the details, the system is mostly developed by the Rafael government company, together with Elta Systems (the developer of the Iron Dome radar system), which is recognized as a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries. membership mPrest and-Comtec Who developed the control, control and communications systems used by Iron Dome operators to conduct intercepts.
"The Iron Dome system was built thanks to the knowledge we accumulated during 50's year Development Missiles and defensive systems, "says the head of the Rafael project, adding that" when you have to develop a missile, you use all the knowledge and experience and channel it to achieve the ultimate goal. "
Interception, in an instant
"From the moment the radar detects the missile and identifies its type, whether it is Qassam or Fajr, it immediately calculates its flight path," explains Natan Barak, CEO mPrest And Colonel (res.) "The moment the system detects that the threat is moving towards a populated area, it immediately builds the intercept routes. We have developed a computer that builds thousands of possible paths in seconds - and the role of the fighters in the field is to choose the optimal path and allow the system to launch a intercepting missile at the right timing, so even if some rockets are intercepted at the right point in the sky, "he adds.
|Detection, transmission, dispatch and interception. One of the most advanced interception systems in the world|
It should be noted that the cost of each Iron Dome interceptor rocket ranges from $ 35,000 to $ 50,000, at a price battery Shlomo is 50 MILLION DOLLARS (around the country are now sliced 5 batteries). For the sake of comparison, the cost of producing a Hamas self-made Qassam rocket amounts to several hundred dollars and sometimes even less.
|Ampst CEO Nathan Barak presents the Iron Dome control system with its operationalization of 2010|
In addition,mPrest That each interceptor fired from the system is launched with special software, and that if changes are to be made after the launch, this can be done up to the second time the interception is performed. Moreover, even if the interceptor loses contact with the systems on the ground, it is still capable of compromising the threat due to its built-in automatic components.
In fact, the system is mostly automatic - since the moment the operators push the button confirming, Iron Dome calculates alone when it is the right moment to launch the missile. In addition, the developers explain that the performance of Iron Dome is not affected by the weather conditions, when it can accurately intercept a missile even in rainy and rainy weather.
It should be emphasized that, as of this moment, there is no interceptor missile capable of reacting so quickly and intercepting missiles at a relatively low cost. "The interest in the system around the world is growing," the developers say, adding that today there is no operational system that proved to be more effective than an iron dome when it comes to interception of short-range rockets.
As for the economic aspect, it is important to mention that although the price of a interceptor missile reaches tens of thousands of dollars, it is still about one-tenth the cost of every similar missile that exists today in the world.
The bottom line is that without the Iron Dome system it is reasonable to assume that the IDF would have found itself in the midst of a ground operation in the Gaza Strip in the first days of the operation, which would lead to double the number of casualties on both sides. 98, and even more, "Rafael promises, with all that remains is to hope that in the coming years we will no longer have to utilize its capabilities.
In conclusion, the following is a video of Iron Dome successfully intercepting the rocket fired from Gaza at the Dan region on November 17 (as it was broadcast on 10):