Iron Dome 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The Iron Dome rocket defense system successfully intercepted a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip Thursday evening.The
interception took place after dozens of rockets and mortar shells
struck the western Negev on Thursday. Additionally, an anti-tank missile
fired from the Gaza Strip struck a school bus Thursday critically
injuring a teenager and lightly wounding the bus driver.
The first operational Iron Dome battery was deployed outside Beersheba in late March.
IDF to move Iron Dome to Gush Dan region in weeks
IDF deploys Iron Dome battery outside Beersheba
Defense officials had attempted to downplay expectations from the
system, which they described as providing “good but not hermetic”
The IDF announced that the battery would be mobile, moving according to
operational requirements, and the decision to launch interceptors would
be made by commanders at the battery in real time.
It was later announced that a second battery would be deployed in the Gush Dan region in the coming weeks.
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Iron Dome is designed to defend against rockets at a range of 4-70 km.
Each battery consists of a multi-mission radar manufactured by Israel
Aerospace Industries and three launchers, each equipped with 20
interceptors named Tamir.
Yaakov Katz contributed to this report
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