RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems has developed Iron Dome, the world’s only dual mission counter rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) and Very Short Range Air Defense (VSHORAD) system. Iron Dome is an affordable, effective and innovative defense solution (CRAM class), designed for quick detection, discrimination and interception of asymmetric threats such as short-range rockets (up to 70 km), mortars, and artillery shells, and also serves as a VSHORAD Missile System against traditional Air Defense targets (aircraft, helicopters, UAVs and PGMs). The system provides the low layer of Israel’s Multi-Layered Air & Missiles Defense umbrella.
Iron Dome offers a comprehensive defense solution from a range of threats, at a low cost-per-kill. A single battery can protect a medium-size city. The Iron Dome provides robust, yet selective defense. Iron Dome uses a unique interceptor with a special warhead that detonates the targets in the air. Its ability to discriminate between threats headed towards a populated area and those that will fall into the sea or open fields reduces costs and limits unnecessary interceptor launches.
The system is effective in all weather conditions, including low clouds, rain, dust storms or fog. The system can engage multiple threats simultaneously and efficiently.