Iron dome deployed to central Israel for testing
Missile-defense system to be deployed to the greater Tel Aviv area for several days of testing, IDF says.
IDF deploys 5th Iron Dome Battery Photo: IDF Spokesman
An Iron Dome rocket defense system has been deployed to central Israel, the IDF
announced on Monday.
The system is set to remain in the greater Tel Aviv
areas for several days. The move is part of a preplanned process aimed at
enabling the system to become operational in all areas of the country, the IDF
Spokesman’s Office added.
Earlier this month, the Defense Ministry
showcased an Iron Dome battery at an Indian aerospace and air defense
India has expressed interest in purchasing the system to
protect it from short-range enemy rockets.
It was the first time an Iron
Dome battery went on display outside of Israel.
The Defense Ministry held
a series of tests last month of an upgraded version of the Iron Dome rocket
defense system, together with manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense
The upgrades are designed to give the Iron Dome “improved
capabilities against an unprecedented range of threats,” the Defense Ministry
said on Monday.
“The test, which was completed successfully, will lead to
an upgrade in Iron Dome’s operational capabilities.”
Five Iron Dome
batteries were deployed during November’s aerial conflict with Hamas in Gaza.
They intercepted more than 90 percent of Palestinian rockets fired at built-up
areas in Israel from Gaza.