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Israel conducts airstrike in South Lebanon in response to rocket fire

JERUSALEM, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The Israeli Air Force conducted an airstrike on a Lebanese target after four rockets were fired into Israel from Lebanon, a military spokesman said Friday.

Rockets fired from Lebanon into Israel

JERUSALEM, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- At least four rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israel, causing several residents to be treated for shock, Israeli defense officials said Thursday.

Sinai Salafists fire rocket at Israel

EILAT, Israel, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a Grad rocket fired at the southern Israeli city of Eilat early Tuesday, the Israeli army said.

Israeli military exports hit record $7.5B

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 26 (UPI) -- Israel's military exports hit a record high of $7.5 billion in 2012, the Defense Ministry says, with foreign sales so far this year totaling around $4 billion.

Rafael adds two new divisions

HAIFA, Israel, July 24 (UPI) -- Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. of Israel has established two new divisions as part of company restructuring.

Rafael gears up for Israel's new defense era

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 22 (UPI) -- Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, one of the Jewish state's leading defense companies and producer of the famed Iron Dome anti-rocket system, says it's reorganizing amid plans to restructure Israel's armed forces for a new era of warfare.

IMI develops air-launched missile that sounds familiar

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 9 (UPI) -- Israel Military Industries, one of the Jewish state's leading defense companies, has completed development of its long-range MARS precision air-launched rocket, which appears to have capabilities similar to the missiles the air force reportedly used to hit targets in Syria in May.

Homs under attack as Syrian army wages offensive

DAMASCUS, Syria, June 30 (UPI) -- Syria's army waged an offensive Sunday in Homs, saying they were eliminating "scores of terrorists," the official SANA news agency said.

Israel gets sixth Iron Dome, awaits David's Sling

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 28 (UPI) -- As the Middle East descends deeper into conflict, Israel's military is set to deploy its sixth Iron Dome counter-rocket battery produced by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and prepares to take delivery of the first unit of David's Sling, another Rafael anti-missile system.

Hints of 'messy quagmire' over Israeli arms sales

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 25 (UPI) -- Israel's export of arms to Pakistan and four Arab states, as recently reported by a British government agency, has revived concerns the Jewish state is using arms deals as a tool to promote diplomacy as it has done so often in the past.

U.S. seeks to buy into Israeli missile programs

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Congress is pushing for U.S. participation in developing Israel's Iron Dome counter-missile system, and if it succeeds that would make the Americans partners to some degree in all the systems that constitute the Jewish state's unique missile defense shield.

Rocket fire from Gaza tests cease-fire with Israel

GAZA, June 24 (UPI) -- Militants in Gaza fired six rockets into Israel Monday, shaking the six-month cease-fire with Israel and prompting payback attacks, the Israeli military said.

U.S. seeks to buy into Israeli missile programs

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Congress is pushing for U.S. participation in developing Israel's Iron Dome counter-missile system, and if it succeeds that would make the Americans partners to some degree in all the systems that constitute the Jewish state's unique missile defense shield.

Israel fast-tracks Arrow 3 over Iran nuclear fears

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 4 (UPI) -- Israel Aerospace Industries, flagship of Israel's defense sector, is accelerating development of its high-altitude Arrow-3 anti-ballistic missile system amid mounting concerns about Iran's nuclear program.

Israel speeding up Arrow 3 missile program

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 4 (UPI) -- Due to the Iranian nuclear threat, Israel is speeding up the development of the Arrow 3 long range missile interception system, a military official said.
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An Israeli soldier walks near the Iron Dome, a new anti-rocket system, stationed near the southern city of Beersheba, Israel, March 27, 2011. The Israeli Defense Force deployed the $200 million Iron Dome system in response to dozens of rockets fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza in the past weeks. The Iron Dome is meant to protect Israeli towns from rockets fired from Gaza. UPI/Debbie Hill
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Iron Dome (Hebrew: כיפת ברזל‎) is a mobile air defense system in development by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems designed to intercept short-range rockets and artillery shells. The system was created as a defensive countermeasure to the rocket threat against Israel's civilian population on its northern and southern borders, and was declared operational and initially deployed in the first quarter of 2011. It is designed to intercept very short-range threats up to 70 kilometers in all-weather situations. On April 7, 2011, the system successfully intercepted a Grad rocket launched from Gaza, marking the first time in history a short-range rocket was ever intercepted. On April 8 it made history again by successfully intercepting 3 rockets from the same attack.

During the 2006 Second Lebanon War, approximately 4,000 Hezbollah-fired rockets (the great majority of which were short-range Katyusha rockets) landed in northern Israel, including on Haifa, the country's third largest city. The massive rocket barrage killed 44 Israeli civilians and caused some 250,000 Israeli citizens to evacuate and relocate to other parts of Israel while an estimated 1,000,000 Israelis were confined in or near shelters during the conflict.

To the south, more than 4,000 rockets and 4,000 mortars were fired into Israel from Gaza between 2000 and 2008, principally by Hamas (see rocket and mortar attacks on southern Israel). The overwhelming majority of rockets fired were Qassams but Hamas has expanded its range through the introduction of 122-mm Grad launchers smuggled into the Gaza Strip. Nearly 1,000,000 Israelis living in the south are within rocket range, posing a serious security threat to the country and its citizens.

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