10.04.2011 06.Nisan, 5771
The anti-missile system's success has surprised even the air defense troops who have been training to operate the device.
The success of the Iron Dome missile defense system so far – eight interceptions including the system's first one on Thursday night – has surprised even the air defense troops who have been training to operate the device for several months. Two batteries have been deployed thus far, one north of Be'er Sheva two weeks ago and one near Ashkelon last week.
While most of the media attention has been given to the visible interceptions made over Gaza, the system actually clicks into action automatically when any projectile is launched from Gaza toward Israel. The commanders of the Iron Dome batteries were therefore faced with making dozens of real-time decisions on whether or not to fire an intercepting missile….