It’s a warm summer afternoon, local kids are playing near a park with nothing but joy in their head.Somewhere 20 miles away in middle of desert few people wearing mask are standing with a rocket on their shoulder. They fire it toward the city in the name of god and freedom. What happen next?If this was any other country we will be watching the news about how innocent children died because of rocket fire, but something strange happen Israel.As soon as rocket take for sky, a siren buzz though the city, kids run toward the underground shelters, they don’t know what siren means but year of experience has taught them what they have to do when they hear it. Outside the city a metal box turn toward the rocket and face it like medusa, a Tamir interceptor missile goes like hungry wolf goes for a sheep, within second it strike the rocket and destroy it in the air, and life in Israel goes back to normal.
This is IRON DOME missile system.
Iron Dome is a mobile all-weather air defense system developed by Rafael Advanced defense System. The system is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rocket and artillery shells fired from distances of 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) to 70 kilometers (43 mi) away and whose trajectory would take them to a populated area. First introduced in 2011 the system has proved itself as one of the best and most tested air defense system in world. With the intercepting rate of 90% the system it is so far one the best war machine ever to be produced.
The need of a air defense system emerge when Hezbollah, based in Lebanon, fired rockets into northern Israeli population centers in the 1990s, posing a security challenge for the Israel Defense Forces. Israel had floated the idea of its own short-range antimissile system, but American defense officials cautioned that it would be “doomed to fail”.
During the 2006 Second Lebanon War, approximately 4,000 Hezbollah-fired rockets landed in northern Israel, including on Haifa, the country’s third largest city. The rocket barrage killed 44 Israeli civilians and caused some 250,000 Israeli citizens to evacuate and relocate to other parts of Israel while an estimated 1 million Israelis were confined in or near bomb shelters during the conflict.
To the south, more than 8,000 projectiles (estimated at 4,000 rockets and 4,000 mortar bombs) were fired indiscriminately into Israeli population centers from Gaza between 2000 and 2008, principally by Hamas. Almost all of the rockets fired were Qassams launched by 122 mm Grad Launchers smuggled into the Gaza Strip, giving longer range than other launch methods. Nearly a million Israelis living in the south were within rocket range, posing a serious security threat to the country and its citizens.
The initial funding and development of the Iron Dome system was provided and undertaken by Israel. This allowed for the deployment of the first two Iron Dome systems. Funding for the production and deployment of these additional Iron Dome batteries and interceptor missiles was approved by the United States Congress, after being requested by President Obama in 2010. In May 2010, the White House announced that U.S. President Barak Obama would seek $205 million from U.S.Congress in his 2011 budget, to spur the production and deployment of additional Iron Dome batteries.
Since it’s inception Iron Dome has successfully intercepted countless rockets fired away towards Israel.
The effectiveness of this system has led to it’s worldwide fame and when now Singapore has already purchased this system many more countries like India and South Korea who faces threat like this are now deeply interested in this.
The people of Israel now feel more safe when walking on the road or sleeping in their bed. This has certainly created a psychological sense of safety in people mind and in also in the mind of soldiers who can now fight in the battlefield with the thought that their family back home is safe. The future of Iron Dome in modern warfare is not yet known but for now it is defiantly a ” Game Changer”.