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June 25, 2012 3:55 pm

Engineers Win Prize for Iron Dome Design

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U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Daniel B. Shapiro, traveled to the south of Israel for a tour of an Iron Dome Battery. Photo: wiki commons.

The developers of the Iron Dome missile defense system were awarded the 2012 Israel Defense Prize by Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday.

Eight engineers from the Israeli Defense Ministry, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, and mPrest split the award. Since the Iron Dome became operational last year, it has intercepted more than 100 Katyusha and Kassam rockets fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip.

“When I met Rafael’s researchers and developers I was struck with their belief they could build a system with imaginary technological capabilities and that is why I decided to back them,” said former Defense Minister Amir Peretz, according to Yediot Achronot.

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