November 19th, 2012
04:00 AM ET

Israel puts trust in Iron Dome

By Michael Martinez

Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system is figuring prominently in the unfolding aerial conflict with Hamas' military wing in Gaza.

Iron Dome is being credited with protecting Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities by blocking some of the rockets fired from Gaza.
Over the past three days, 737 rockets from Gaza were fired upon Israel: 492 landed, but 245 were intercepted by the system, Israel Defense Forces said Saturday.

The name Iron Dome evokes an image of a protective bubble over a city. In practice, Iron Dome is a defense against short-range rockets and mortar shells: the system targets incoming rockets and fires an interceptor missile to destroy them midair.

Each battery has a firing-control radar to identify targets and a portable missile launcher. The system is easily transportable, with just a few hours needed to relocate and set up.

The missile is highly maneuverable. It is three meters, or almost 10 feet, long; has a diameter of about six inches; and weighs 90 kilograms, or 198 pounds, according to the security analysis group IHS Jane's.

The warhead is believed to carry 11 kilograms, or 24 pounds, of high explosives, IHS Jane's said. Its range is from 4 kilometers to 70 kilometers - or 2.5 miles to 43 miles.


Filed under: Gaza • Israel • Middle East • Palestine
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. francis

    i dont know why people complain about death toll during war,after all is not a game or tourney.let stop war.

    November 20, 2012 at 4:30 am | Reply
  2. ma & pa

    Maybe we will wake up alive.

    November 20, 2012 at 12:12 am | Reply
  3. ma & pa

    everybody, everywhere, Please lay down your weapons and ideas of conquest and then go home to supper and to bed. Maybe then we will wake up to a new day of calm and peace.

    November 20, 2012 at 12:09 am | Reply
  4. Nicole

    200 + missiles from Gaza...can you imagine the hundreds of casualties in Israel without the Iron dome? The reason Israeli deaths are not happening is not because of hamas good's in spite of their intentions.

    November 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  5. Willie12345

    This is exactly what the Iraqis needed during the first Gulf War. Had they had such a system instead of the useless system that they did have, their civilian casualties would have been far lower and a lot of needless suffering might have been avoided. Does anyone here remember the dastardly raid on the Amriya air raid shelter in Baghdad on Feb.13, 1991 in which upwards of 414 civilians perished? I do!

    November 19, 2012 at 9:00 am | Reply
    • General Sherman

      I too remember that atrocity you mentioned above, Willie. What makes me angry is the way that the general public reacted to this at that time as if nobody did anything wrong! Then again, Dick Cheney and his henchmen came up with this manure about that shelter being some kind of a "command post"!!! Only a fool would have believed that!

      November 19, 2012 at 9:39 am | Reply
    • USN Ret.

      The shelter was camouflaged and was used as a weapon supply depot. It was also one of the strongest shelters there. Military leaders used it for their families. BUT THE WEAPONS STORED THERE MADE IT A TARGET. This was verified by an independent news source. Sorry don’t remember witch one at this time. I think it was an Italian new group.

      November 22, 2012 at 2:42 am | Reply
  6. Hahahhahaahahahha

    Let the Towel Heads and Doilie Heads go at it!!!!!! Hahaahahhaahahah

    November 19, 2012 at 8:57 am | Reply
  7. joe d

    time to cut these bloodsucking neojew parasites off. they have done more damage to the U.S. then all muslim terrorists combined...AIPAC and it's band of money grubbing shylocks got to go

    November 19, 2012 at 8:31 am | Reply
  8. michaelfury

    "The Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv on Wednesday reported that Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at Bar Ilan university that the September 11, 2001 terror attacks had been beneficial for Israel.

    "We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq," Ma'ariv quoted the former prime minister as saying. He reportedly added that these events 'swung American public opinion in our favor.'"

    – Haaretz, April 16, 2008

    November 19, 2012 at 7:43 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Did you disagree with something Netanyahu said? If so WHAT WAS IT? Would it be wrong to say that German attack on France in 1940 "swung American public opinion in favor of the British" and thus somehow made Britain in general and Prime Minister Winston Churchill guilty?

      November 19, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply
    • Nicole

      Do you remember the palestinians celebrating and distributing sweets to their entire population in celebration the 2001 September 11th attacks? I remember seeing the palestinians celebrating on their rooftops, shouting, laughing and waving their flags at the "good" news of the twin tower attacks.....Put your lot with them, we don't need you in the west.

      November 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Reply
      • Shondog

        You are a complete idiot and a buffoon. That video you talk about had nothing to do with 9/11 and was not shot anywhere near or around 9/11. More over you are a hate monger and complete ill informed individual. People like you are dangerous for humanity. So if you can speak the truth just zip your mouth.

        November 19, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
      • FuaxNewsCorrespondent

        Oh you must have seen our completely unrelated video that we pulled from the archiv...I mean that we filmed as it occured!

        November 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm |

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