Everything You Need to Know About the Iron Dome

Interception of rockets by the Iron Dome over the city of Ashkelon

Credit: Interception of rockets by the Iron Dome over the city of Ashkelon (photo: Yossi Zeliger, 2021)

Israel21c writes about the modern miracle of the Iron Dome defense system, which protected God’s people during the recent bombardment of terrorist rockets in the Holy Land. Did you know it can work in the rain, is amazingly accurate, and doesn’t require much heavy lifting to operate?

Israel21c tells us more:

When Brig. Gen. Daniel Gold first proposed his idea for Iron Dome, he faced strong criticism that required a lot of nerve to overcome. Luckily, he managed to convince the country’s top brass of the advantages of his concept of air defense.

“My incentive was saving human lives,” he told ISRAEL21c a few years ago. “I saw what was going on and I said to myself, with all the technology that exists in Israel we must use it to protect human life. We will find a way. It always takes the political and military echelons a long time to think about what they want to do, and in the meantime we started to create a solution.” …

Iron Dome batteries are made up of three parts: a radar, a control center and interceptor missiles. The radar recognizes when a rocket is launched, while the control center quickly calculates its flight path. If it estimates that the launch will prove dangerous, the interceptor missiles are launched to detonate the rocket before it gets too close to its target, resulting in streaks of light and deafening booms…

Each Iron Dome launcher holds 20 interceptor missiles that each weigh 200 pounds and is 10 feet long. Slender though they are, you wouldn’t guess it from the sound the system emits when a missile is launched, which is more reminiscent of a fighter jet taking off.

Tags: Israeli Innovation

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