IDF’s Anti-Missile Defense Systems: A 360° Look

Posted on March 6, 2012

The IDF has many ways to protect Israeli citizens from rocket fire–chief among them being the anti-missile defense systems. The technology was developed, together with the US Army, in order to combat the increasing missile and rocket proliferation of Israel’s enemies. Here’s a detailed look at the IDF’s three leading systems:

Iron Dome Missile Defense System

IDF’s Iron Dome is on-call and ready.

1. Iron Dome

The first tier of Israel’s multi-layered defense system is the Israeli-developed Iron Dome system which was designed in response to the rockets and mortar shells fired from Gaza. The Iron Dome system can determine where an incoming rocket will land,and intercept projectiles that pose significant threats in mid-flight .

The Iron Dome system has three main components:

  1. Tracking radar – locates the rockets and calculates landing site
  2. Battle management and weapon control system – operator’s seat
  3. Missile firing unit – fires an intercepting missile

The decision to build Iron Dome was made by the Ministry of Defense in 2007, following a particular turbulent year on Israel’s northern border with the Hezbollah terrorist organization during the Second Lebanon War.

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