Thursday, May 28, 2015

Could the Iron Dome be coming to your town?

It's been just over four years since Israel's Iron Dome, a mobile missile air defence system, was deployed near Be'er Sheva.

It was sesigned to intercept and destroy short-range rockets launched by Israel's neighbours in Gaza and the north, and by late October 2014, the total number of attacks deterred by the program – which can be operated remotely, day and night and in all weather conditions – was heading north of 1,200.

A three-day conference was recently held in Israel to explore the potential for similar systems to be employed by nations in the west and elsewhere who one day may need to protect their citizens from hostile actions of the kind Israel faces on a regular basis.

It's a scary thought, but a system such as this could show up one day at a military installation near you.

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