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Barak decides to move Iron Dome to Ashkelon

Decision made in light of 30 rocket attacks in July

By: Leonard Carl

Published: August 5th, 2011 in News » World

Barak decides to move Iron Dome to Ashkelon

In light of the close to 30 rocket attacks fired from the Gaza Strip in July, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has decided that it’s time to deploy the mobile Iron Dome short-range anti-rocket defense system outside of Ashkelon.

The Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system has proven its worth in the past having successfully intercepted 9 Katusha and Kassam rockets fired from Gaza Strip in April.

Since then it has been moved to various cities and towns throughout Israel where the Israeli Air Force (IAF) is looking for various deployment sites in the event of a larger scale conflict in the future.

The Iron Dome, which was conceived of following the 2006 Lebanon war, is based on three elements - a detection and tracking radar, a battle management and control system, and the missile firing units themselves. It can take out anything from a missile to a 155mm artillery shell in all weather conditions.

There are currently two Iron Dome batteries and is expected to receive a third by the end of the year.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, the most recent attacks from the Gaza Strip were perpetrated by terrorist groups affiliated with al-Qaida and global jihad elements, and not by Hamas or Islamic Jihad.

On Friday, August 5, the Israeli Air Force responded to the Gaza Strip attacks by hitting five targets, including four terror tunnels and one terror activity base in the central Gaza Strip, as well as another in the south.


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