The Israel Missile Defense Organisation (IMDO) and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems have completed a test campaign of the Iron Dome Weapon System. The latest milestone is the third series of experiments to demonstrate a significant upgrade of the technological capabilities of the Iron Dome system. Last month, Rafael and IMDO completed a series of flight experiments of an upgraded version of the Iron Dome air defence system. The weapon system simulated existing and emerging threats, including the simultaneous interception of multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), rockets and missiles. During the testing, Iron Dome underwent a range of complex scenarios and ‘successfully intercepted and destroyed’ targets.
With over 2,500 combat interceptions, at a success rate of 90%, Iron Dome’s development began in December 2007. Iron Dome serves as highly mobile, dual mission systems, designed to defeat VSHORAD and C-RAM threats, aircraft, helicopters, UAVs and missiles. Iron Dome serves as mobile, dual mission system, designed to defeat VSHORAD and C-RAM threats, aircraft, helicopters, UAVs, PGMs, & cruise missiles. Rafael is the developer of the weapons system, which features Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Elta Division developed MMR radar and Amperst’s command and control system. Iron Dome air defence system is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from 4km to 70km distances.