Iron Dome Missile Defense Passes Test

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Iron Dome missile defense system, slated to be operational within two years, successfully passed a series of tests affirming its effectiveness against Kassam and Katyusha rockets.

At a testing ground in southern Israel, Rafael, an Israeli arms company, put the Iron Dome through its paces launching Tamir missiles, which the system will use to intercept incoming Katyusha and Kassam rockets.

Rafael engineers graded the missile's ability in terms of speed, ability to maneuver, control from the ground, and range. By year's end, the Iron Dome will be tested for its ability to identify, locate, track and destroy an incoming rocket in an actual launch.

Elta, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, is developing the radar system used by the Iron Dome.

According to Defense Ministry sources, Rafael is able to increase the Tamir missile's speed, which will allow it to destroy an incoming rocket shortly after its launch.

In a statement issued Sunday, the Defense Ministry said work on the Iron Dome missile defense system is top priority, with three shifts working round the clock at Rafael.

Nonetheless, the Defense Ministry believes the system won't be operational until early 2010.

Source: Haaretz

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