An anti-rocket system developed to protect the country from short-range rocket and artillery attack from Lebanon and Gaza has been successfully tested, Israeli defense officials said.
In order to test the system, rockets of the type fired in recent years at Israel were launched. The defense ministry said that the Iron Dome system responded “successfully and in accordance with the objectives of the experiment”.
Ehud Barak, Israeli defense minister, said: “Developing a multi-layered defense system against rockets is a national mission aimed at reaching the stage in which a vast majority of the missiles do not reach their targets.”
The Iron Dome is a mobile defense system for countering short-range rockets and 155 mm artillery shell threats with ranges of up to 43 miles (70 kilometers) in all weather conditions, including low clouds, rain, dust storms or fog.
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the manufacturer of the Iron Dome, says the system uses an interceptor with a warhead that detonates any target in the air within seconds.