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Iron Dome missiles damaged
Interceptor missiles fall off vehicle during routine maintenance work; army estimates damage at hundreds of thousands of dollars

Some 20 Tamir-type interceptor missiles fell from a vehicle at an Israel Air Force storage and maintenance bunker in south Israel on Monday, Ynet reported.

 

 

The military said some of the missiles were damaged. Army sources estimated the damage at hundreds of thousands of dollars.

 

IAF Commander Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan has set up an inquiry committee to investigate the incident, which occurred when technicians who specialize in the Iron Dome air defense system were loading cases containing the interceptor missiles onto a vehicle. Some of the cases were not properly fixed on the vehicle and fell over.

 

The soldiers were never in danger because the interceptor missiles are equipped with a security mechanism that prevents premature explosions.

 

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said, "A number of Iron Dome missiles were damaged during routine maintenance work. There were no injuries and the damage caused to the missiles is being evaluated. As a result, the maintenance work on the air defense system has been suspended until an initial investigation is completed."

 

 

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