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Monday, April 11, 2011

Hamas testing Iron Dome

Hamas fired dozens of rockets at southern Israel over the weekend in what some thought was a bid to learn how Iron Dome works so that they can work around it.
IDF sources told Arutz Sheva's Haggai Huberman that by massive firing of rockets Hamas is trying to determine which areas are protected by Iron Dome and how effective the system is. It will also be gauging the angle at which Iron Dome fires its anti-missile missiles, and more.

Both Ashkelon and Be'er Sheva are protected by Iron Dome batteries, which have intercepted at least eight terrorist rockets in the past few days. An additional rocket may have been intercepted Sunday morning.

On Friday night (Sabbath eve), the Iron Dome battery at Be'er Sheva blocked two rockets that had been fired at the city. The second Iron Dome battery currently deployed has thus far intercepted six missiles that were on their way to hit Ashkelon.

The Iron Dome system currently protects the municipal centers near which it is stationed. It does not fire at missiles that its computer identifies as being en route to more sparsely populated regions.
Do these batteries move around or are they fixed?

To me, trying to figure out the precise areas that Iron Dome protects sounds like as much of a search for a needle in a haystack as trying to figure out which rockets to shoot down in the first place.

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At 10:04 PM, Blogger Hutzpan said...

I have a simpler explanation: remember that 50000:50 ratio (the cost of one qassam rocket vs the cost of one interception by the Iron Dome)? By massive qassam fire HAMAS may have tried to incur substantial financial expenses on Israeli military.

At 11:06 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

FYI testing out the opponents stuff... that's how it goes.

At 11:38 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Until additional batteries come online, some of Hamas' rockets will always get through.

But the new Bar Lev line is not a real solution to the existence of the terror regime in Gaza.


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