missile defense

‘Iron Dome’ Not Iron Clad

Long-awaited missile-defense system ‘over-hyped.’

03/30/2011
Israel Correspondent

Beersheva, Israel — Israelis had been waiting for this moment ever since the 2006 Lebanon War when cities in the north were naked against a barrage of Katyusha rocket fire from Hezbollah.

Just days after two Grad rockets from Gaza slammed into Beersheba and just missed Ashdod, raising worry about a new war with Hamas, the army finally deployed Sunday the first battery of the so-called Iron Dome short-range missile intercept system.

But it was an awkward inauguration.

Israeli soldiers stand next to the Iron Dome missile launcher, which was unveiled Sunday near Beersheva. getty images

Israel's Iron Dome Defense System Passes Last Tests

07/20/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Iron Dome missile defense system successfully completed its final round of tests, Israel's Defense Ministry said.

The tests, which include intercepting simultaneous rocket salvoes from different directions, were completed Monday in the Negev Desert.

Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has built two systems thus far; Israel has not decided how many it will order. The systems are expected to be put into operation in November.

House Approves 'Iron Dome' Funding for Israel

05/21/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved President Obama's request for an additional $205 million in assistance to Israel for a short-range missile defense system.

The vote approving funding for "Iron Dome" passed Thursday 410-4. The money is above the $3 billion in annual defense assistance Israel already receives from the United States.

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