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New simulators for the growing air threat

Rockets, missiles and unmanned air systems (UAS) are currently the main aerial threat to Israel. During the recent Protective Edge operation, Israeli air force (IAF) air defence units shot down hundred of rockets and a small number of UAS. This threat will be larger in any future confrontation either on the southern or northern borders […]

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Iron Dome – a game changer in action

In recent days I’ve learned how to distinguish between the sounds. Luckily, 90% of the time the sound was that of a successful intercept of an incoming rocket over central Israel. That sound is heard by Israelis in many other parts of the country being targeted by the Hamas terror organisation. Since the beginning of […]

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Simulating the rockets and missiles threat

The capture of long-range rockets on a ship intercepted last week by the Israeli navy in the Red Sea is a mere drop in the ocean compared with the massive transfers of rockets to Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza, mainly courtesy of Iran. At the same time, Iran is galloping to the bomb […]

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The “Death Ray” is back in the ring…

The first round of this fight ended with a knockout from the “traditional” anti-rocket interceptor – but the lights in the ring were not turned off. When rockets were launched into Israel from Lebanon in the 1980s it became obvious that a defence system was needed – and fast. The first initiative was based on […]

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Rockets will be stopped by massive air power

Two generals have made two different speeches about one new reality. Israel faces threats from a record number of rockets and missiles hidden in Lebanon and the Gaza strip – and it wants to make clear that if these are launched in massive salvos, the reaction will be aggressive. Maj Gen Aviv Kochavi, the head […]

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Israeli rocket defence technology in US service?

Israeli-US co-operation in the development of rocket and ballistic missile interceptors is moving a step forward. Raytheon will soon begin to manufacture components for the Israel-developed “Iron Dome” rocket interceptor. This will allow Israel to purchase more interceptors using US foreign military funds (FMF), the annual defence grant that Israel gets from Washington. Raytheon is […]

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Red line crossed gives green light for attacks

If reports in the foreign press are accurate, Israel acted twice in 48 hours after Syria crossed a very thick red line drawn by Jerusalem. International media have reported that the main targets in Syria – storage facilities for advanced long-range Iranian-made missiles – were hit‫ ‬hard. Officially, Israel has not commented, but the attacks […]

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Indian army shows interest in Iron Dome interceptor

The Indian army may become one of the first foreign customers for Rafael’s Iron Dome rocket interceptor. Recently, the Indian navy declared that it is not interested in the Israeli system, which achieved a 90% kill rate during recent fighting in the Gaza strip. The army, on the other hand, is showing great interest. In […]

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The rocket threat and the Israeli interceptor

There are more and more signs that some countries have analysed the role of the Israeli “Iron Dome” rocket interceptor, and have realised that they need such systems. At this moment in time the signs are very sketchy, very low profile – but they are there.Development of Iron Dome began in 2005, and it became […]

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The war behind the war – interceptor vs laser

Even after the impressive success of the Rafael Iron Dome rocket interceptor, there are still some people in Israel – in the defence establishment and outside it – that dream about a laser-based defence system against rockets. This has been a real war between two totally opposed approaches – one that said that only a […]

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