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Jerusalem - CEO Behind Israel’s Iron Dome Says System’s Capabilities Will Be Expanded

Published on: November 19, 2012 04:48 PM
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An Israeli 'Iron Dome' fires a missile to intercept Grad missiles fired from the Gaza Strip, as it defends an Israeli population center in the south of the country, 15 November 2012. EPA/JIM HOLLANDERAn Israeli 'Iron Dome' fires a missile to intercept Grad missiles fired from the Gaza Strip, as it defends an Israeli population center in the south of the country, 15 November 2012. EPA/JIM HOLLANDER

Jerusalem - The company behind the lifesaving Iron Dome missile interception system in Israel has announced that the system’s capabilities have not yet been fully realized, but that they “will be expanded and the percentage of interceptions will only go up.”

In an interview with Israel’s business news website, Globes (http://bit.ly/RPhWck), mPrest Systems Ltd. CEO Natan Barak, a former colonel in the Israeli Navy, said it took a year to develop the Iron Dome’s command and control system in collaboration with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. He said that while he was confident the system would work successfully to intercept incoming missiles from Gaza, the Americans were initially skeptical. “We knew with certainty that we would succeed with this project, otherwise we wouldn’t have begun it,” Barak said. “All along, I saw our step-by-step progress in the project. It was a miracle at some level. At first, the Americans told us that it wouldn’t work, and yet, it works.”

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The Iron Dome system operates by identifying a target missile and calculating the missile’s course and where it will hit. On average, it takes the system about one second to determine hundreds of possible interception options and to select the best solution – which is usually one with a “high altitude interception, ideally over open ground.” If a missile is fired at an area further away from Gaza, for instance, near Tel Aviv, the system has several seconds to decide how to intercept it. “It provides an excellent response in detecting fairly small items that are hard to see, and verifying that they are a rocket and not something else,” Barak explained.

Barak points out that the Iron Dome system has saved many lives particularly in the past several days, both in Israel and Gaza. “Gaza, too, should be pleased with the success of Iron Dome. Without it, the IDF would now be in the midst of a major ground operation and there would be many more Palestinians dead,” he remarked.


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 Nov 19, 2012 at 05:18 PM Ari Says:

Can he add a 'return to sender' option? It would be awsome if the system would automatically send back the rockets to wohever sent them.

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 Nov 19, 2012 at 05:54 PM FrumJew Says:

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Ari Says:

Can he add a 'return to sender' option? It would be awsome if the system would automatically send back the rockets to wohever sent them.

If they do that, wait for another thousand UN resolutions condemning Israel per Palestinian dead.

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 Nov 19, 2012 at 06:17 PM M1 Says:

Working on it -more like postage due -back it goes

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 Nov 19, 2012 at 07:47 PM Anonymous Says:

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Ari Says:

Can he add a 'return to sender' option? It would be awsome if the system would automatically send back the rockets to wohever sent them.

Lol , return to sender would be a nice option..!!

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 Nov 19, 2012 at 08:02 PM Waiting Says:

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Ari Says:

Can he add a 'return to sender' option? It would be awsome if the system would automatically send back the rockets to wohever sent them.

That is the best one I heard so far

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 Nov 19, 2012 at 08:05 PM TheRealJoe123 Says:

The problem with this system is that's its only a medicine.

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 Nov 19, 2012 at 08:21 PM proudjewboy Says:

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TheRealJoe123 Says:

The problem with this system is that's its only a medicine.

yeah! the "iron fist " should work better..

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM Twitterevitch Says:

"Return to sender" is NOT wishful thinking. The next stage for Iron Dome, will be to also instantly calculate the incoming missile's firing location, and to dispatch offensive missiles to destroy everything in a X-meter distance radius. It will treat all instances of firing alike. The goal is to target the missile crews before they have a chance to get away. We'll let the world know, that it's nothing personal. A computer determines the firing location. If Hamas shoots from built-up areas then most likely Palestinians will die as a result of each missile firing.

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