This video was uploaded on 20.07.2010 “Iron Dome” is a mobile air defense system in development by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems designed to intercept short-range rockets and artillery shells. The system is being created as a defensive countermeasure to the rocket threat against Israel’s civilian population on its northern and southern border. The system is expected to be operational very soon. The system is designed to counter short-range rockets and 155mm artillery shells with a range of up to 70 kilometers. According to its manufacturer, Iron Dome will be operational both day and night, under adverse weather conditions, and will be capable of responding to multiple threats simultaneously. Iron Dome has three central components: Detection & Tracking Radar: the radar system is built by Elta, an Israeli defense company Battle Management & Weapon Control (BMC): the control center is built by mPrest Systems, an Israeli software company, for Rafael Missile Firing Unit: the unit launches the Tamir interceptor missile, equipped with electro-optic sensors and several steering fins for high maneuverability The system’s radar identifies the rocket launch, calculates its trajectory, transfers this information to the control center, which then uses this information to determine the projected impact location. If the projectile constitutes a threat, then an interceptor missile is fired to detonate the rocket far from the impact area.
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