Rafael reportedly completes tests of Iron Dome defence system

10 July 2018 (Last Updated July 10th, 2018 11:37)

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, in partnership with Israel’s Defence Ministry, has reportedly completed a series of tests for the Iron Dome anti-missile defence system.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, in partnership with Israel’s Defence Ministry, has reportedly completed a series of tests for the Iron Dome anti-missile defence system.

Participants in the testing include the Israeli Air Force and Navy, as well as Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and mPrest Systems. The tests were carried out at the Palmachim air base, south of Tel Aviv.

A statement by Israel Defense Ministry was quoted by media sources as saying: “As part of the tests, several different types of threats were launched, simulating the threats developing in the arena.

“The Homa (missile defence) directorate will continue to develop the Iron Dome system to ‘counter the emerging threats in the region’.”

“The Homa (missile defence) directorate will continue to develop the Iron Dome system to ‘counter the emerging threats in the region’.”

As well as Iron Dome, medium-range Magic Wand and long-range Arrow 3 systems were also subjected to testing at the air base, the ministry statement noted.

With ranges of up to 70km, the truck-towed mobile air defence system Iron Dome has the ability to intercept very short-range rockets and artillery shell threats.

Featuring a detection and tracking radar, battle management and weapon control system (BMC) and a missile firing unit (MFU), the Iron Dome is capable of operating in all weather conditions.

The Iron Dome MFU launches Tamir interceptor missiles while the system’s special warhead allows it to detonate any target in the air.