IMDO, Rafael complete tests of upgraded Iron Dome weapon system
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IMDO and Rafael complete advanced tests of upgraded Iron Dome weapon system

17 Mar 2021 (Last Updated March 17th, 2021 11:03)

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the Israel Missile Defense Organisation (IMDO) have completed a test campaign of the Iron Dome Weapon System.

IMDO and Rafael complete advanced tests of upgraded Iron Dome weapon system
Simultaneous interception of several threats in the latest series of experiments. Credit: Israel Ministry of Defense.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the Israel Missile Defense Organisation (IMDO) have completed a test campaign of the Iron Dome Weapon System.

The latest milestone is the third series of experiments to demonstrate a significant upgrade of the technological capabilities of the Iron Dome system.

Last month, IMDO and Rafael completed a series of flight experiments of an upgraded version of the Iron Dome air defence system.

During the testing, Iron Dome underwent a range of complex scenarios and ‘successfully intercepted and destroyed’ targets.

The weapon system simulated existing and emerging threats, including the simultaneous interception of multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), rockets and missiles.

Rafael said in a Twitter statement: “With over 2,500 combat interceptions, at a success rate of 90%, Iron Dome’s development began in December 2007.

“Iron Dome serves as highly mobile, dual mission systems, designed to defeat VSHORAD and C-RAM threats, aircraft, helicopters, UAVs, PGMs, & cruise missiles.”

Rafael is the developer of the weapons system, which features Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Elta Division developed MMR radar and Amperst’s command and control system.

Iron Dome air defence system is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from 4km to 70km distances.

It is capable of operating day or night and in all kinds of weather conditions, and ‘can respond to multiple threats simultaneously’.

Furthermore, it features a multi-mission launcher designed to fire a range of interceptor missiles.

In December 2019, the Czech Republic signed a government-to-government agreement to purchase eight ELM-2084 ‘Iron Dome’ MMR from Israel at a cost of $125m.