Iron Dome Gets Mystery Upgrade As Israel Prepares For Future War

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has been successfully upgraded, announced the Defense Ministry last week. According to a statement by the ministry, the unspecified upgrades were meant to “widen the capacity and improve the performance” of the system. The Defense Ministry noted that Israel now faces “an unprecedented array of threats”, such as mortars and long-range missiles from multiple directions. The Iron Dome was designed to target incoming rockets from Gaza at a range of between four and 70 kilometers (about 2.5 to 43.5 miles). It targets only rockets deemed to be headed towards sensitive or populated areas, and has an overall success rate of 85 percent. During Operation Protective Edge, over 4,500 projectiles were fired at Israel from Gaza. Of these, the Iron Dome system targeted 799, successfully diverting or destroying 735, according to a Channel 2 report.

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