JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Iron Dome interceptor has shot down 97% of Palestinian rockets it has engaged throughout the weekend surge of Gaza preventing, the army stated, an enchancment within the efficiency of the U.S.-backed system.
First fielded in 2011, Iron Dome – which launches guided missiles to hit incoming rockets and different short-range threats mid-air – was rated as 85% profitable by Israeli and U.S. defence officers. That elevated to 90% in a Gaza warfare of 2012.
Made by state-owned Rafael Superior Protection Methods Ltd with assist from U.S. agency Raytheon Applied sciences Corp, Iron Dome is designed to economise on pricey interceptor missiles by participating solely rockets which can be on a trajectory to hit populated areas.
It has intercepted 97% of those throughout a flare-up of preventing with Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza since Friday, an Israeli army spokesperson stated, describing it because the system’s greatest efficiency up to now.
“We’re enhancing our capabilities all the time,” the spokesperson stated. “Contact wooden.”
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Islamic Jihad has fired 580 rockets at Israel as of Sunday morning, the spokesman stated, including that round 20% fell brief inside Gaza whereas the remaining had reached so far as the outskirts of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. [L1N2ZJ02P]
(Writing by Dan Williams)
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