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December 31, 2012 2:09 pm
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Iron Dome Has Been Significantly Improved Since Culmination of Operation Pillar of Defense

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Iron Dome CRAM launcher near the town of Sderot. Photo: wiki commons.

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system continues to improve, a fact Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza won’t be happy to hear. The news comes via the National Post, which interviewed a senior engineer with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the Israeli company that developed Iron Dome.

“Soon,” writes the National Post,  “the engineer hopes, the system’s reliability will be limited only by the mechanical reliability of its various component parts. As long as the equipment works, they expect to hit their target every time.”

Israel’s recent conflict with Hamas was a perfect opportunity to work out the Iron Dome’s kinks. “We expected it to work perfectly,” the engineer told the National Post.”We knew it wouldn’t, of course. But we wanted it to work 100% of the time. And every day, we tried to make it better.”

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Though exact figures are classified, the engineer, quoting Wikipedia, told the National Post that “Of those 500 [rockets] that were a threat, we shot down over 400 of them.” Several other media sources have put the percentage at around 85% of all rockets headed towards populated areas being shot down. Israel allows any rockets headed towards desolate areas to remain on their trajectory.

As the National Post explains, every day of the conflict, military officers gave Rafael Advanced Defense Systems  all of the data collected by Iron Dome computers and military radars for the last 24 hours. Rafael engineers would then work through the night, tweaking the software that controls Iron Dome. They’d turn the new software over to the military officers at the next meeting, then repeat the process.

The efforts proved fruitful. “The improvements were measurable,” the engineer told the National Post. “It wasn’t dramatic. But we did a little bit better every day. The more rockets they fired at us, the better we got at shooting them down. By the end of the week, Iron Dome was better than it had been at the start. And it was pretty good, then, too.”

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  • Robert Twic

    The passivity (inability of the Arabs to successfully annihilate the Israelis) they r suffering thru’ has forced the muslims to commit aggressions against Israel to prove they’re not passive victims, but active victimizers. But, the Israelis r not passive in their defenses, but active also.

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  • jansuzanne

    Great news since I am living in Tel Aviv and experienced the incredible success of the Dome as a rocket was destroyed in the sky outside my window. I hope the next time Hamas, Hezbollah or any other enemy of Israel decides to bomb any area of Israel that the newly elected government will be prepared to eliminate the enemy. Peace talks are a trick because there is not one single Arab leader in all of the Middle East who really wants peace with the Jewish State. Peace talks are only a method to regroup and rearm. After almost 7 decades of Israel’s existence nothing has changed in the mentality of the Koran believing people whose main objective is to annihilate Jews, which for these people is the beginning of their global caliphate.

    • DJ (Ireland)

      Absolutely correct. The Arabs are only interesed in regaining “Islamic land”. There is no peace possible with them, and any supposed peace arrangement will be a trap for Israel. However the trust of Israel needs to be ultimately not in the wonderful defensive technology but in the G-d of Abraham, Isaace, and Jacob. Read Psalm 2.

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