JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Air Force (IAF) hopes to have its newest computerized missile warning system up and running within a year and a half.
The system will accurately pinpoint where a missile will land, allowing the Home Front Command to order people in the affected area to take cover rather than issue a broader command.
When the system is ready to deploy in approximately 18 months, the country will be divided into 100 districts, instead of the 10 large districts as it is now. By next year, the Home Front Command will divide the nation into 27 districts as an interim designation.
The idea behind the new system is to prepare the nation to cope with long-range missile attacks, which are sure to play a much bigger role in the next war.
The ability to pinpoint where a missile will land will save lives, in the event that anti-missile defense systems don't neutralize the missile en route.
The Home Front Command is also upgrading the siren warning system so it can be heard in communities throughout the country.