Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Israeli Iron Dome Shown Effective
Cheap missiles have now been eliminated from the attacker’s arsenal. This surely means that the Arab foes will burn off their inventory and give it all a rethink. One in ten for a weapon system that cannot hit a predetermined target in the first place is merely fireworks.
has done for this past sixty
some years has been to confront the Islamic world and their natural cultural
inclination to support a political fascism and the related military
ideals. Although war has broken out, the
process is not a hot war most of the time but the threat of war all the
time. By confronting the Arab world in
this manner, the lie of Arab military prowess is hopelessly undermined and the
Arab public has been forced to come to grips with real military impotence. Israel
Perhaps in time they too will understand that this is best, although it took the West two world wars to actually figure it all out. In the end, this ongoing confrontation is also a teaching moment of the futility of pursuing an aggressive military doctrine. I hope so.
This defensive missile system is the first truly effective system out there that and reflects the current state of the art. I suggest that counter battery technology will now easily keep pace with new systems that come on stream. It was time.
Iron Dome Missile Defense System Israel
Palestinian terrorists fired more than 160 rockets at dozens of civilian targets from Friday through Sunday, injuring three Israeli citizens and causing extensive damage. The escalated rocket attacks were inapparent retaliation for an Israeli strike against one of the major commanders of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), which was planning terrorist attacksby infiltrating through the Sinai. The commander, Zuhair al-Qaissi, also planned and carried out attacks through the Sinai last August that killed eight Israelis. Three other terrorists were killed in the strike which precipitated a blizzard of rocket fire from the PRC that struck several towns in southern
The IDF responded with airstrikes against rocket launching sites and terrorist
It could have been worse for the Israelis, except their missile defense system, known as “Iron Dome,” intercepted 90% of the rockets that were targeted. Israeli-designed and built in
by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Iron Dome promises to be a “game
to some analysts, once it is fully deployed across the southern border. Israel
Late Sunday, it was reported that
that it would halt air strikes at midnight. Hamas has also agreed to a cease
fire, although the PRC has not indicated its agreement to halt the barrage. It
hardly matters. Although the barrage was carried out by the Popular Resistance
Committees and another terror group, the Palestinian branch of Islamic Jihad,
believe that Hamas enables the attacks, or at best, refuses to prevent
Iron Dome has an unconventional history. It took only three years from design to deployment — a rarity among complex weapons systems. The tracking system was developed by Elta, an Israeli defense company while the computer software was created by the Israeli firm Prest Systems. The interceptor rocket was built by Rafael.
It is a marvel of technology and can actually determine if a rocket is a threat to a population center, or whether it will land harmlessly in an open field. CNN describes the system:
First deployed in April 2011, the Iron Dome system targets incoming rockets it identifies as possible threats to city centers and fires an interceptor missile to destroy them in mid-air. Each battery is equipped with an interception management center to calculate the expected location of impact, and to prioritize targets according to pre-defined targets. The battery also has firing-control radar used to identify targets, and a portable missile launcher.
This was the first serious battlefield test of Iron Dome and it passed with flying colors. TheJerusalem Post reports that Iron Dome intercepted a total of 27 rockets for a 90% success rate. It is currently deployed around three of the larger cities in the south:
Ashdod, Ashkelon, .
The system is entirely mobile and it is expected that once all batteries are
deployed, Beersheba Israel will
potentially be able to intercept any missile fired from . Gaza
“The most important question is how would the Iron Dome affect the decisions of Hamas leaders and their Iranian supporters,” said Dore Gold, Israeli Ambassador to the
. “While Hamas rockets are aimed
primarily to target civilians and terrorize the Israeli home front, a secondary
and just important aim is to hit strategic sites in the future,” he added. Gold
also pointed out that by eliminating the terrorists’ ability to hit strategic
targets, it will force them to re-think what kinds of rockets they will have to
purchase in the future. United
The most common rocket in the terrorists’ arsenal is the Qassam – a small, inaccurate projectile whose major benefit appears to be its easy portability. There are several variants of the weapon and its range is limited to between 5 and 15 miles. Hamas also has a Russian-designed Grad rocket system that is truck mounted, which it purchased from
. Iron Dome can intercept all
of these rockets. Iran
A fourth Iron Dome battery is expected to be added later this year with 5 additional batteries to be manufactured by 2013. An Israeli defense official told CNN that it would take 13 batteries to cover the border with
. The system was
partially funded by the Gaza US
government, which gave
$205 million to develop and test the system. Another $200 million has been
authorized by Congress for additional batteries. Israel
The response to the rocket barrage from the terrorists by the Israeli air force has received the usual blanket coverage in the media, highlighting every Palestinian civilian casualty while downplaying — or not even mentioning — the rain of rockets that is constantly hurled at the Jewish state. Not reported in the media were the 45 separate rocket attacks by the terrorists just since January 1 of this year. That number does not include the dozens of attacks carried out over the last three days.
The terrorists had been escalating their rocket attacks over the past few months. There were 14 attacks in January but 28 in February. And prior to the barrage that began on Friday, there were already five rockets that had been fired in three attacks since the first of the month. It wasn’t until the terrorists fired more than 40 rockets following the attack on al-Qassi that the IDF responded in kind. An initial air strike on Friday took out another 11 terrorists, some of whom were in the process of trying to launch rockets. Since then, the IDF has used drones to search out terrorists in the process of launching.
Both sides apparently don’t want an escalation to the kind of confrontation that occurred three years ago when Israeli planes pounded Hamas political and military targets in “Operation Cast Lead.” So the violence appears to have abated — for now.
But with the fully tested and functional Iron Dome rocket defense system, the threat by terrorists to harm civilians will fade. How this changes the strategic situation will play into the political and diplomatic designs of both sides in the coming years.