Israeli Army to deploy more Iron Dome air defense systems after recent attacks from Gaza Strip 14031

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Friday, March 14, 2014 10:29 AM
 
Israeli Army to deploy more Iron Dome air defense systems after recent attacks from Gaza Strip.
Israeli Army (IDF) deployed two Iron Dome defense batteries near the cities of Beersheba and Ashdod Thursday night amid growing tensions in the country’s south, as rocket fire from the Gaza Strip persisted even after a ceasefire was declared between Jerusalem and Islamic Jihad.
     
Israeli Army (IDF) deployed two Iron Dome defense batteries near the cities of Beersheba and Ashdod Thursday night amid growing tensions in the country’s south, as rocket fire from the Gaza Strip persisted even after a ceasefire was declared between Jerusalem and Islamic Jihad.
Iron Dome of Israeli army in firing position.
     

The decision to add two Iron Dome batteries to protect Beersheba and Ashdod could mean the IDF is expecting hostilities to widen. a number of the anti-missile batteries are already deployed outside cities near Gaza

Some eight rockets were fired at southern Israel Thursday evening, several-hours after Gazan terror group Islamic Jihad announced it would halt rocket launches from the Strip.

One missile, heading for a populated area of Netivot, was shot down by an Iron Dome anti-rocket battery, the IDF said.

Several more missiles hit open areas in the Sderot, Shaar Hanegev and Sdot Negev areas after 8 p.m. No injuries or damage were reported.

Earlier in the evening, two rockets were launched at the Ashkelon region, sending residents scurrying for shelter.

The Iron Dome is the only dual mission system in the world that provides an effective defense solution for countering rockets, artillery & mortars (C-RAM) as well as aircraft, helicopters, UAVs, PGMs.

The system is an effective system for countering C-RAM threats with ranges of up to 70 km and for VSHORAD (Very SHOrt Range Air Defense) protection (up to 10 km). The system operates in all weather conditions, including low clouds, rain, dust storms or fog.

 

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