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Barak inaugurates Iron Dome trial run in Beersheba
March 31, 2011 12:31
Nehushtan: Israel is first to use missiles against missiles; defense minister says "Magic Wand," "Super Arrow" defense systems on the way.
Irone Dome missile defense system near Beersheba

Iron Dome outside Beersheba 311 (R). (photo credit:Reuters)

Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited the Beersheba battery of the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system on Thursday, announcing that its trial deployment has begun.

IAF commander Maj.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan told reporters that "this battery is ready for action," and expressed pride that it is "The fruit of Israeli development and is being operated by Israelis."

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"We are the first army in the world to use this type of war - missiles against missiles," Nehushtan said. "It will become an integral part of the air force."

Nehushtan also warned that the Iron Dome system "has limitations and can not give a full defense."

In response, Barak said "we trust that the system will be operated as well as it can, even though we know that no trial run can be 100 percent." He added that "if this will be like the previous tries I've seen, it will be very good."

The defense minister also said that "an additional defense layer, including the 'Magic Wand' and the 'Super Arrow' will be installed in the next few years."

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