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Monday, September 27, 2010

Hamas to test Iron Dome?

Some experts believe that Hamas is likely to increase rocket fire on Israel once the Iron Dome anti-missile system is fully-deployed in November, in a bid to show that the anti-missile system is ineffective.
The IDF is preparing for the possibility that the scheduled deployment of the Iron Dome missile defense system along the Gaza Strip periphery in the coming months will increase the rate of rocket attacks against Israel, senior defense officials said on Sunday.

The Iron Dome was delivered earlier this month to an Air Force base near Gedera, where the IAF Air Defense Division will establish the headquarters for the new defense system, which is designed to defend against rockets at a range of 4- 70 kilometers.

Each battery consists of a multi-mission radar (MMR) manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries and three launchers, each with 20 interceptors capable of protecting an area of approximately 150 sq. km. from rockets.

“It is possible that once the defense system is deployed along the Gaza Strip, Hamas and other organizations will increase their rocket fire to test the system and prove that it is ineffective,” one official said.
Well, here's some food for thought. Even if Iron Dome is effective, each interceptor costs thousands of dollars, while each Hamas rocket costs just a few dollars. That cost imbalance is likely to plague us in the future, although everyone seems to be assuming we can afford it. (The Bank of Israel raised its GDP growth rate estimate to 4% today - if you figure out where the economy is growing, please call me).


At 8:00 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Well, if the interceptor (or a laser?) can knock back rockets being fired from Gaza (or Leb.) just long enough for the Heron, helos, or whatever to actually vector onto the rocket crew... and zap them. Once that happens a few times, I'm thinking rocket crews the world over will think twice.

At 8:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"if you figure out where the economy is growing, please call me)." ------ The new building that started today [Monday]? ;)

At 9:35 PM, Blogger Hatfield said...

Wouldn't it be easier just to cut the power and water for a day for each rocket launched? Even cost much less.


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