Israel Marks 10 Years Since Iron Dome's First Combat Interception

Iron Dome has become a game-changer on the battlefield
Iron Dome has become a game-changer on the battlefield
Iron Dome has become a game-changer on the battlefield

With over 2,500 combat interceptions, at a success rate of 90%, and numerous lives saved, Israel on April 7, 2021 marked the 10th anniversary of the first combat interception by Rafael's Iron Dome Air Defense System

Iron Dome's development began in December 2007, and was completed in less than 3 years.

Within less than a month after being deployed in Israel, on April 7, 2011, the system was challenged in combat for the first time.

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Iron Dome has played an instrumental role in every conflict since then, by stopping thousands of rockets from hitting Israel, spanning small to large mortars and rockets with varying ranges and warheads

A rocket that was launched from the Gaza Strip was detected by Iron Dome's radar. Within seconds, the data transmitted to the BMC (Battle Management Center) was processed, and the battery operators needed to decide whether to activate an interceptor against the threat.

Iron Dome provides Israeli cities with a robust shield against aerial attacks

With precise impact location provided by the BMC, pointing to the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, with a population of more than 130,000 civilians, the crew decided to launch an interceptor, and made combat history by intercepting the threat, preventing civilian injuries and significant damage to property.

Iron Dome had become a game-changer, earning it the Israel Security Award in 2012

Iron Dome's first massive and dramatic performance took place during operation Pillar of Defense in 2012, when it intercepted over 500 different threats fired from the Gaza Strip onto different parts of Israel, including heavy rocket barrages.

Iron Dome had become a game-changer, earning it the Israel Security Award in 2012.

Iron Dome's first massive and dramatic performance took place during operation Pillar of Defense in 2012

Iron Dome has played an instrumental role in every conflict since then, by stopping thousands of rockets from hitting Israel, spanning small to large mortars and rockets with varying ranges and warheads.

A single Iron Dome battery can protect a medium-sized city / Photo Courtesy of Rafael

Iron Dome serves as highly mobile, dual mission systems, designed to defeat Very Short Range (VSHORAD), as well as rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) threats, aircraft, helicopters, UAVs, PGMs, and cruise missiles.

Iron Dome has become part of the security landscape in Israel

Iron Dome provides robust, yet selective defense. Its ability to discriminate between threats headed towards a populated area and those that will fall into the sea or open fields, reduces costs, and limits unnecessary interceptor launches.

A single Iron Dome battery can protect a medium-sized city.

The naval variant C-Dome is operational with the Israeli Navy / Photo credit: Twitter, Israel Defensa Monitor

Iron Dome's development has continued throughout the years, and its capabilities today include wider coverage, providing protection against a broader spectrum of threats, the ability to handle simultaneous threats, very high-volume salvos, and much more.

In August 2019, Israel's Ministry of Defense and the US Defense Department signed an agreement for the purchase of two Iron Dome batteries for the US Army. Both batteries have now been delivered to the US.

Raytheon, who in partnership with Rafael is building an Iron Dome facility in the U.S., says a single battery would secure an area of 155 km2

In May 2020, Rafael and Raytheon Technologies Corporation signed a joint venture agreement to produce Iron Dome interceptors and launchers in an all-up-round facility in the US. The partnership is called Raytheon Rafael Area Protection Systems (R2S).

Iron Dome's development began in December 2007, and was completed in less than 3 years

Rafael has developed additional variants of the Iron Dome system, to form a family that consists of the naval variant C-Dome, providing protection of strategic naval and land assets against advanced ballistic, aerial and surface-to surface threats, including saturated attacks. C-Dome is operational with the Israeli Navy. Iron Dome is also offered as an integrated, all-in-one air defense (I-Dome) system for maneuvering tactical forces in the field on a single vehicle.

Rafael's President and CEO, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yoav Har-Even: "Iron Dome is a household name in Israel, and has become synonymous with excellence. We are proud of our teams of scientists and engineers who developed this extraordinary system and are continuing to do so on a daily basis. Thanks to them, Iron Dome's capabilities are light years beyond its original design. We have seen it turn from a blueprint into a true game-changer, saving lives, preventing escalation, enabling military and political decision-makers to make calm and collected decisions. It has allowed Israel to carry on its daily routine, even while being targeted by an indiscriminate enemy”.

Iron Dome has become a game-changer on the battlefield / Photo Credit: Rafael
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