With an Eye on Hezbollah, IDF Revamping Iron Dome System
Defense Ministry conducts successful tests to upgrade anti-missile system, preparing it to confront a wider variety of threats.
The Defense Ministry announced on Thursday the successful completion of a series of tests, which were conducted in recent days to upgrade the capabilities of the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.
The tests were conducted by the Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, known by its Hebrew acronym Mafat, along with the chief contractor of the project Rafael, an Israeli defense technology company.
By performing the tests, the Defense Ministry aimed to expand the operations and improve the capabilities of the system when confronted by a wider variety of threats on an unprecedented scale.
Brig. Gen. Shahar Shohat, who has been the head of Air Defense Command for the last three years, told Israel Hayom on Thursday that “in (Operation) Protective Edge more than 4,700 rockets and missiles were fired at the state of Israel, more than three times those in (2012 Operation) Pillar of Defense.”
He noted that Iron Dome managed to shoot down 90% of the rockets that were aimed at civilian areas.
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