Israel stations missile interceptor in north

"Battery placement is determined by appropriate authorities, based on ongoing assessment of security situation," military spokeswoman says.

June 28, 2011 20:39
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The Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system.

Iron Dome 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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An Iron Dome rocket interceptor was deployed near Haifa on Tuesday, a military spokeswoman said, highlighting its possible use in any future hostilities with Lebanese guerillas.

"Battery placement is determined by the appropriate authorities and based on ongoing assessment of the volatile security situation," the military spokeswoman told Reuters.

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Produced by state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., Iron Dome uses small radar-guided missiles to blow up Katyusha-style rockets with ranges of between 5 km and 70 km, as well as mortar bombs, in mid-air.

Iron Dome batteries began to be deployed in March, near southern towns hit by rockets fired by Hamas from Gaza. Israel wants between 10 and 15 units to defend its Palestinian and Lebanese fronts.

The Pentagon has said it planned to help Israel buy four new Iron Domes after the US Congress budgeted $203.8 million in funding assistance for the system in fiscal 2011.

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