The Birth of Israel's Iron Dome

(Moment) Dan Raviv - In 2006, Hizbullah fired 4,000 rockets at Israel, a quarter of which hit populated areas. In 2007, the government-owned weapons development company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems began to work on short-range missile defense. On April 7, 2011, Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile defense system achieved its first operational, real-world interception of a Grad rocket fired by Hamas in Gaza at a power plant in Ashkelon. Israel gave the U.S. details of the Iron Dome technology, enabling American contractor Raytheon to create and market SkyHunter, only slightly modified from Iron Dome. The U.S. military can now order SkyHunter as a fully approved, domestically-manufactured product to protect American bases and forward positions in South Korea and the Middle East.

2018-07-18 00:00:00

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