IDF tank-shield ‘Windbreaker’ intercepts missile

Israel’s Merkava tank escapes missile hit thanks to IDF’s High-Tech Defense System

By Yoav Zitun

The IDF‘s Windbreaker defense system has intercepted an anti-tank missile fired at a tank in the central Gaza Strip, near Kissufim on Wednesday.

Windbreaker Courtesy: Ministry of Defense

Windbreaker Courtesy: Ministry of Defense


An IDF inquiry suggests that the tank shield detected a missile launch during operational activity near the border fence. No injuries were reported.

The IDF considers the firing of the missile a very unusual event. Windbreaker has rarely been called into action since becoming operational two years ago. In March 2011, it successfully intercepted an RPG rocket fired at a tank.

The system has revolutionized the battlefield where tanks face-off terrorist cells.

Lieutenant-Colonel Yoav Shukrun, Commander of the Kfir Brigade’s Haruv Battalion said that Hamas and the Islamic Jihad “are trying to drag us into a broader conflict. There is nothing innocent about cells approaching the fence and no one is doing it to forge peace with Israel.”


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