Iron Dome - Respec!

#1
The fourth Hamas doodlebug to reach Tel Aviv was just intercepted overhead by 2 Iron dome missiles. The only known damage being a car hit by the falling debris, causing it to catch fire. The battery was set up yesterday morning and successfully intercepted it's first missile at 16:30. It actually works! A potential game changer. Makes one feel a lot less helpless.
 
#2
Cannot possibly stop all of them tho,it's just a matter of time before the Bearded Weirdo's make a direct hit on Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.
 
#3
Friend of mine works with Iron Dome in the IDF. Nice bit of kit by all accounts and working very impressively considering its only been operational for a few years. Hopefully the Govt over there will decide to extend Iron Dome coverage to more of the country. Its only real downside is the cost compared to that of the munitions it intercepts (those ex soviet rockets are relatively cheap in comparison)

Rad somewhere its capable of detecting and intercepting larger artillery rounds too but not sure if it was speculation
 
#4
Cannot possibly stop all of them tho,it's just a matter of time before the Bearded Weirdo's make a direct hit on Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.
Have heard that the FDC only targeted those Missiles headed for populated areas. If the track is headed for fields or woods missile isnt fired upon.
 
#8
Interesting thought. From the height above me of the intercepts since Thursday I reckon it would help disperse the chemical agent and help weaken its concentration before it eventually reached the ground.
 
#9
plus the detonations heat might render the potency of the stuff to a lesser threat. Similar with Biological stuff too.

$90,000 per missile is quite pricey but compared to the uproar for each life lost in it absence, it sounds like a handy system.

Read somewhere South Korea and NATO are potential customers in future
 
#14
Saw the footage on TV.

I was wondering if they have put a Goalkeeper type system on some of the more senstive places around Tel Aviv, as a back up to Iron Dome.
 
#18
plus the detonations heat might render the potency of the stuff to a lesser threat. Similar with Biological stuff too.

$90,000 per missile is quite pricey but compared to the uproar for each life lost in it absence, it sounds like a handy system.

Read somewhere South Korea and NATO are potential customers in future
$90k for a guided weapon is quite cheap, especially with the capability of anti-missile missiles.

The British Rapier 2B is about $150k and although it's a good missile the system itself is not as reliable as it should be.
 
#19
Specially when you compare the cost per unit of an Iron Dome missile to that of a qassam rocket
I thought it was largely funded by the eagerly Israel first US tax payer or you might think of it as only a few billion on the deficit not real money at all.

Mind, I doubt if Hamas are stumping up for those new Iranian missiles. The chaps in Qom must be loving this, cheap as chips, widely popular with the Arab street and a bit of a sly goose to Morsi and the MB. If a couple of thousand Pals get smoked like some Hama Beards that'll be gravy.

I posted up something on another thread suggesting Hamas might have chosen this moment to help Bibi get is landslide. It's just occurred to me hardliners in Qom might not just be thinking enhancing Gaza as part of their deterrence capability but could also favor a big Bibi win. Never interruot your enemy when he's making a mistake.
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