Tel Aviv. 19 March 2021. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) in the Israel Ministry of Defense, have successfully completed a test campaign of the Iron Dome Weapon System (IDDS). This campaign, along with two recent Iron Dome tests, demonstrated a significant upgrade of the system’s technological capabilities. The Iron Dome was tested through a range of complex scenarios and successfully intercepted and destroyed targets, simulating existing and emerging threats, including the simultaneous interception of multiple UAVs, as well as a salvo of rockets and missiles.
This campaign took place in a testing site in southern Israel, with the participation of IAF soldiers. The new version of the Iron Dome system will be delivered to the IAF and the Navy for operational use and will strengthen Israel’s multi-tier missile defense capabilities.
The prime contractor for its development is Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. under the IMDO in the Israeli Ministry of Defense. The system’s MMR radar is developed by ELTA, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and the Battle Management Center (BMC) is developed by Rafael and mPrest, a Rafael subsidiary.
With over 2,500 combat interceptions, at a success rate of 90%, Iron Dome’s development began in December 2007. Iron Dome serves as highly mobile, dual mission systems, designed to defeat Very Short Range (VSHORAD), as well as rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) threats, aircraft, helicopters, UAVs, PGMs, and cruise missiles.
Iron Dome’s development has continued throughout the years, and its capabilities today include wider coverage, a broader spectrum of threat interception, the ability to handle very high volume salvos, and much more.