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Iron Dome stopped 421 Hamas rockets

Iron Dome stopped 421 Hamas rockets

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The cost to operate Israel's Iron Dome rocket-intercepting system during Operation Pillar of Defense last month was about $27 million, an official said.

Israel's air force gets ready for a blitz

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Israel's air force, the Jewish state's strike arm, was reported Thursday to be planning massive, pulverizing strikes against foes who bombard the country with missiles.

U.S. seeks double Israel missile funding

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Israel's defense industry got two big boosts this week.
Israel resumes Gaza airstrikes

Israel resumes Gaza airstrikes

GAZA, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Israel resumed airstrikes in Gaza Thursday night after two rockets struck near Tel Aviv and three Israelis died in the south, military authorities said.

Rafael upgrades Iron Dome amid new barrage

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Israel's air force has upgraded its Iron Dome counter-rocket system to give it a stronger punch and longer reach to counter the threat of Iranian ballistic missiles.

Army: Rockets hit Israel despite 'truce'

BEERSHEBA, Israel, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Rockets were fired by Gaza militants at Netivot, Ashkelon, Sderot and the Eshkol region in Israel but no serious injuries were reported, the Israeli army said.
Palestinians say 19 die in Israeli strikes

Palestinians say 19 die in Israeli strikes

GAZA, April 9 (UPI) -- Israeli forces and Palestinian militants exchanged volleys through the weekend, leaving 19 dead in Gaza, Palestinian officials said.
Israel strikes back after school bus hit

Israel strikes back after school bus hit

JERUSALEM, April 8 (UPI) -- Israeli airstrikes, launched in retaliation for a rocket attack on a school bus, killed five Palestinians and injured at least 40, Israeli officials said.
Israel deploying anti-rocket system

Israel deploying anti-rocket system

JERUSALEM, April 4 (UPI) -- Israel has deployed Iron Dome anti-rocket batteries near Beersheba and at Ashkelon in the past week, officials said.
Israel deploys rocket defense first time

Israel deploys rocket defense first time

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 27 (UPI) -- Israel has deployed its Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system for the first time in response to the recent escalation in rocket fire on southern Israel.

Israel arms tanks with new defense system

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 21 (UPI) -- Amid the political turbulence in the Arab world, which always makes Israel twitchy, its military is equipping its Merkava tanks with a new miniature defense system to protect them against Russian missiles Hezbollah used to great effect in the 2006 war.

Israeli defense merger gets green light

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Israeli government ministers and labor leaders have recommended a merger between state-owned Israel Military Industries and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems in a major shake-up in Israel's high-tech defense industry.

Iron Dome delayed again amid war fears

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Israel has postponed final tests on its Iron Dome missile defense system, further delaying its deployment, as the outgoing chief of staff warns that Hezbollah could fire 400-600 missiles a day into the Jewish state if war erupts anew.
U.S. may cut Israel missile shield funds

U.S. may cut Israel missile shield funds

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Israel's increasingly troubled missile defense shield has taken another knock with media reports that budgetary problems could force the U.S. administration to delay funding for the system still being developed by Israel's defense industry.
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Iron Dome
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

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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