Iron Dome Kills 80% of Targeted Rockets

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  1. JAYRAM

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    Mar. 19, 2012 - 03:32PM |
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    An Israeli missile is launched from the Iron Dome missile system in Ashdod, Israel, in response to a rocket launch from the nearby Palestinian Gaza Strip on March 11. (Jack Guez / AFP)

    Tel Aviv — New technologies and procedures that proved effective last week in defending one-sixth of the Israeli population from Gaza-launched rockets are augmenting strategic options for Israel’s political leadership in response to growing threats.

    Officials here creditedadherence to civil emergency procedures and Israel’s new Iron Dome intercepting system for Israel’s relative restraint during a week in which 1 million Israelis within 40 kilometers of the Gaza border were threatened by more than 250 rockets.

    The rocket attacks were triggered by Israel’s March 9 aerial assassination of Zuhair al-Qaissi, a wanted Palestinian militant. The attacks quickly escalated to more than 50 per day as the Israeli Air Force struck weapons storage sites, rocket-launching squads and other targets throughout the Gaza Strip.

    In five days of cross-border violence, interrupted by a short-lived, Egyptian-negotiated ceasefire, Israel waged 39 airstrikes that resulted in 26 deaths, according to Belal Jadallah, an independent Gaza-based journalist. Israel claims all but seven fatalities were militants who were involved in the fight.

    During that time, the Israeli military said Iron Dome destroyed nearly 60 Grad-class rockets out of 75 intercept attempts — an unprecedented operational success rate of almost 80 percent.

    In a March 13 visit to the Israel Defense Forces’ Gaza Brigade, Defense Minister Ehud Barak hailed the “extraordinary achievements” of Israel’s three deployed Iron Dome batteries. The system acted “as a deterrent for the other side,” Barak said, “while allowing for the freedom of action, maneuverability and discretion of our own political leadership.”

    Brig. Gen. Doron Gavish, air defense commander for the Israeli Air Force, said last week’s performance of the Iron Dome validated doctrine and operational procedures developed for the world’s first active defense system against rockets and short-range missiles. In a March 15 interview, Gavish said IDF is readying its fourth battery for deployment and will continue to hone methods for expanding the defensive envelope.

    When asked if Iron Dome tempered populist calls for renewed war in Gaza and helped influence the government’s relatively measured response to the salvos, Gavish replied: “I can’t say this was in the heads of decision makers, but the fact that this is an effective defense provides flexibility for the political echelon.”

    Gavish said a key lesson from the latest cross-border escalation is the significant benefits to be gained from a combination of offense and defense.

    “There is a general understanding that we now have a serious capability to limit the damage from the other side. In this round, to our good fortune, there were no serious casualties. But at the same time, as good as our defense is, it is not hermetic and our citizens need to obey the rules of Home Front command.”

    He added, “We also need to remember that at the end of the day, the decisive outcome [of military operation] will be determined by offense, not defense.”

    Brake or Accelerator?

    While many here credit the physical and psychological security provided by Iron Dome for its calming effect on government decisions, others say new defenses will embolden proponents of military might. Just as missile defenses offer a convenient brake when the time is not right for military action, they also can serve as an accelerator for leaders bent on putting the pedal to the metal.

    “Missile defense has a strategic function,” Efraim Inbar, director of Bar Ilan University’s Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, told Defense News. “It can make it easier for decision makers to make the tough calls required for offensive options.”

    In a commentary published in the March 14 Jerusalem Post, Inbar and co-author Max Singer, founding director of the Washington-based Hudson Institute, argued for a large-scale incursion into Gaza to destroy “terrorist infrastructure” of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other groups.

    Among the reasons cited in favor of renewed war in Gaza is to greatly reduce the missile retaliation Israel would face in response to an attack on Iran.

    “Not only would most or all of the Gaza missiles and the organizations preparing to use them be destroyed, but deterrence against the missiles from Lebanon and elsewhere would increase. Such an action would also bolster credibility in the international community that Israel really might attack Iran’s nuclear sites,” they wrote.

    Addressing the Israeli Knesset on March 14, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cited “the winning combination” of offensive capabilities, missile defenses and national resilience that may be required to fend off the Iranian nuclear threat.

    Netanyahu blamed last week’s rocket attacks on Iran, insisting that Gaza has become a forward operating base for the Islamic republic. “Sooner or later,” he warned, “Iran’s terror base in Gaza will be uprooted.”

    Netanyahu told lawmakers he achieved his two goals in Washington talks earlier this month with U.S. President Barack Obama and other officials: “The first was to clarify that Israel has the right to defend itself, by itself, against any threat. The second was to elevate the threat of Iran’s nuclear weaponization to the top of the international agenda.”

    He cited three historic examples in which Israeli premiers acted against the urgings of Washington: Israel’s 1948 declaration of its independent state; its pre-emptive attacks in the 1967 Six Day War; and the destruction of an Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981.

    “We prefer that Iran will abandon its nuclear program. But the obligation entrusted to me is to preserve Israel’s independent ability to defend itself from any challenge,” Netanyahu said.

    The Israeli leader dismissed those urging Israel to conclude a Palestinian peace deal as a step toward solving the Iranian problem. “Whoever wants to believe [that an agreement with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas] will stop the centrifuges from spinning … is simply burying his head in the sand.”

    On the contrary, Netanyahu insisted Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza and Lebanon brought the Iranian threat directly to Israel’s doorstep. “Everywhere we evacuated, the Iranians came in. And now there are those suggesting we do the same in Judea and Samaria,” he said, using the Biblical reference to the West Bank.

    He added, “It is forbidden for us to repeat this mistake for the third time.”


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  3. Armand2REP

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    It costs $60,000 for each Iron Dome load. How long until IDF is bankrupt?
     
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    jet full for a single Gaza air attack is 20000$ (bomb and maintenance for air plane aside )
    and for the record Israel is in far better economic shape then your beloved France
     
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    Wow. 80% efficiency in an actual operational scenario is great. 60K is nothing if an entire salvo can save even one life.
     
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    So it makes more financial sense to bomb the launch site preventing dozens of rockets than spending millions to stop the same thing with Iron Dome. Israel is a US welfare state so hardly comparable to World Power France.
     
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    Actually its still a cost effective solution!!

    Far better option to spend 60k on each missile rather sustaining human looses and property damage.

    Firstly, Iron Dome will not engage every single rocket of what Hezbollah and others firing on them. The Radar first detect and projects its location where it hit, Then will intercept the missile if needed.


    Atmost, Hamza fire their rockets pointing towards the enemy location (Israel Territory)

    Most of the Hezbollah Rocket Force consists of Katuysha and Qasam rockets. They fired hundreds of those with no target guidance, Only few could land near populated areas. Besides, Iron Dome is deployed only near strategic locations like Urban areas and Oil Refineries. Saves lot of money and time rather evacuating residents from thier home.



    Iron Dome should be a short term solution not a long term one. Its just a matter to time, When the militia come up with better guided rockets and in numbers.
    Correct me if iam wrong, IDF already placed weapon locators alongside the border. Heck, They could co-ordinate the location from where the rockets have been launched.

    Rather readying a squadron of aircrafts, would be more cheaper to keep a Apache Heli wiht hellfire on stand by. Gunships takes less operational cost and readiness.

    AFAIK, There are no MANPADs threat too
     
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    The cheapest option would be placing counter-battery fire.
     
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    Are Israelis allowed to shoot back?:shocked:
     
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    You would have amnesty and their friends hounding the Israelis followed by resolution introduced in UN condemning Israel.
     
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    France was a world power not anymore with enormous debt aging population and massive Islamic immigration
    France is part off the European death spiral
    Israel with 5% average growth young population and a large IT industry will never go bankrupt

    BTW : American aid is strictly military and consists only of 1% of Israeli GDP (and we are grateful for that )
     
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    people who take money from corrupt Saudi princes should keep their mouth shut
     
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    Whom would you be referring to
     
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    hrw amnesty international the whole gang
    they made a deal with Saudis to focus only on Israel and ignore intro Arab atrocities in exchange for cash
     
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    Exactly right.
     
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    What we are looking at an single individual rocket launcher platform firing from different locations. Qassam and Katyusha rockets are easy to fire, very good at Shoot-and-scoot!!


    The apparent aim is to provoke israel into retaliating, Will only make waring Palestinians factions into re-uniting against Israel.

    The Hamas fire these missile from populated areas. Best way to prevent these attacks, Is by Intel. Gather much information on rockets safehouse, when conflict break destroy them before launched.



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    A Qassam rocket is displayed in Sderot town hall against a background of pictures of residents killed in rocket attacks


     
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