Israel Completes Trials of Advanced Version of Iron Dome Air Defence System

Israel has successfully completed a complex test campaign of an advanced version of the Iron Dome air defence system, the Ministry of Defense announced on Jan. 12.

The test of the advanced version came exactly a decade after the first successful test of the Iron Dome system. The trials were conducted by the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) with is under the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) of the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) an the system’s manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

The Iron Dome system is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from distances of 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) to 70 kilometers (43 mi) away. According to its manufacturer, Iron Dome can operate day and night, under adverse weather conditions, and can respond to multiple threats simultaneously.

Iron Dome is part of a multi-tiered missile defense system that Israel is developing, which also includes Arrow 2, Arrow 3, Iron Beam, Barak 8 and David’s Sling.

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