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Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) have successfully completed a test campaign of the IRON DOME Weapon System. This campaign, along with two recent IRON DOME tests, demonstrated a significant upgrade of the system’s technological capabilities. These involved a range of complex scenarios and successfully intercepted and destroyed targets. Specifically, this simulated existing and emerging threats, including the simultaneous interception of multiple UAVs in addition to a salvo of rockets and missiles.

The campaign took place in a testing site in Southern Israel, with the participation of IAF soldiers. The new version of the IRON DOME system will be delivered to the IAF and the Israeli Navy for operational use to strengthen Israel’s multi-tier missile defence capabilities.

The prime contractor for its development is Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. under the IMDO. The system’s MMR radar is developed by ELTA, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The Battle Management Centre is developed by Rafael and mPrest, a Rafael subsidiary.

With over 2,500 combat interceptions and a success rate of 90 per cent, IRON DOME’s development began in December 2007. It is designed to defeat threats including:

  • Rockets
  • Artillery
  • Mortars
  • Aircraft
  • Cruise Missiles

The system’s development has continued throughout the years and its capabilities today include wider coverage, a broader spectrum of threat interception and the ability to handle very high volume salvos.

Jack Richardson