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Iron Dome test Photo: Jorno Betzalel
Iron Dome test Photo: Jorno Betzalel

Iron Dome tested ahead of overhaul

Aerial defense system undergoes assessment ahead of being upgraded to be able to faces greater range of threats

Yoav Zitun
Published: 01.21.13, 18:10 / Israel News

The defense establishment has been conducting a series of tests in recent days as part of a plan to upgrade the Iron Dome aerial defense system.


The maneuvers were the reason behind several blasts that sounded in central Israel on Monday.


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The tests were overseen by officials within the Defense Ministry's Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, which is responsible for developing Israel's multilayered defense systems.

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Iron Dome test on Monday (Photo: Jorno Betzalel)


The Defense Ministry said that the plan aims to broaden the Iron Dome's range of capabilities so it can face threats it was previously unable to address. The assessments were completed successfully, officials said.


The Iron Dome is the world's first and only system developed to intercept short-range missiles. It was devised by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems in collaboration with Elta, mPrest and the Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure.




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