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Israel tests advanced Iron Dome

13 January 2020
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The Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) announced on 12 January that a series of trials of an improved Iron Dome air defence system had been completed successfully.

The live-fire interception tests were led by Rafael, the system’s manufacturer, and conducted at a test range in southern Israel, the IMOD stated. It released video footage of multiple Iron Dome launches and interceptions filmed with an infrared camera.

A Tamir missile is seen being fired from an Iron Dome launcher during the recent tests. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)A Tamir missile is seen being fired from an Iron Dome launcher during the recent tests. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

“The tests demonstrated the capabilities of an advanced version of the Iron Dome system in a variety of scenarios that simulated the future threats that the system may confront,” the IMOD said without explaining how the system has been improved or describing the future threats. It added that the improved system would be delivered to the Israeli Air Force.

Iron Dome was originally optimised to intercept artillery rockets launched into Israel by Palestinian militants and the Lebanese group Hizbullah. The IMOD statement credited it with more than 2,000 operational interceptions.

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