Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Two Asian countries Express Interest to Purchase Iron Dome system

By Arie Egozi

Two unnamed Asian countries have expressed their intention to purchase Rafael's Iron Dome system, which provides protection against short-range artillery rockets, while the USA has also shown interest in possibly using the design in Afghanistan.Rafael performed a full-scale test of the Iron Dome system earlier this month, during which it succeeded in intercepting salvoes of rockets from different types, and of ignoring those that were not on a "kill trajectory".Developed in record time to answer the threat posed by rockets being launched into Israel from the Gaza strip and Lebanon, the mobile defence system can also be used to counter incoming artillery shells.

The Iron Dome system was designed to avoid collateral damage caused by falling debris, with this achieved by detonating the target warhead outside the defended area. Its main components include a tracking radar, a battle management and weapons control unit, and a missile firing unit. Equipped with a special warhead, each interceptor can detonate threats from a range of up to 70km (38nm) .The Israeli air force will receive its first Iron Dome battery in mid-year, and this will be followed by full-scale deployment of the system.

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I think America and Israel have been trying to sell such system or in case of America bring India under the shield for sometime now.

Iron Dome (IAI Arrow II +/- THEL?) would be perfect for defending high-value sites against barrages of missile aimed at the forth mentioned states. Wonder what Iron Dome's coverage aera is. Would be great if the system could be airlifted and set up on top of skyscrapers and has a coverage area that at least envelops the entire city.

haha..this system is not even fully operationalized in its home country and jealous has already started over flowing.

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