TEST: Long-range rocket successfully intercepted by Iron Dome

Defense Minister Ehud Barak reports that the test was a great accomplishment in Israel’s strategic plan for a multi-layered anti-missile defense system.

5th battery to be transferred to IAF by next summer.

Lilach Shoval



The Defense Ministry successfully completed tests meant to upgrade the capability of the Iron Dome anti-rocket system last week. During the tests, an Iron Dome battery launched missiles against long-rang rockets and successfully intercepted them.

Iron Dome anti-rocket battery in action. – Photo: AP

The ministry is set to transfer an additional Iron Dome battery to the air force by next summer, bringing the total number of operational batteries in the country to five.

A spokesman for the ministry said a series of pre-planned tests were conducted recently to upgrade the system and enable it to operate against an unprecedented variety of threats. “The successful tests will upgrade the Iron Dome’s operational capabilities,” the spokesman said.

The fifth battery slated for transfer to the air force will be equipped with the advanced capabilities.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Sunday “This is a great accomplishment for all those involved in the project. The successful tests mark significant progress in the country’s multilayered defense system.”

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