Iron Dome gets mysterious upgrade

Iron Dome

Israel has successfully upgraded its Iron Dome missile-defense system, the Defense Ministry said Thursday, without elaborating on the specific improvements.

A series of tests was performed to “widen the capacity and improve the performance” of the system, the Defense Ministry said in a statement. It added that Israel faces “an unprecedented array of threats” presumably ranging from mortars to long-range missiles from a variety of origins.

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The Defense Ministry says there’s no indication that rocket fire from Gaza will resume in the near future. But that being said, the High Holidays are almost upon us. So is the resumption of peace talks in Cairo.  So, as a precaution, the IDF will be redeploying Iron Dome to some areas of south Israel near the Gaza border.


Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted nearly 400 Gaza rockets last November alone, with an 85 percent success rate, amid the Israel Defense Forces’ Operation Pillar of Defense. But the brains behind the system isn’t resting on his laurels.

“I’m realistic, so I’m not putting all the eggs in one system, [even though] it had much success,” IDF Brig. Gen. Dr. Danny Gold, who had the initial idea for the Iron Dome, said in an interview with at the 2013 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference. “I did my job, I developed many other systems. So [the Iron Dome] helped Israel to probably prevent a massive ground operation and war, but it’s not alone.”



More than 50 rockets fired from Gaza into Israel [Video]

Air raid sirens over Israel as more than 50 rockets are fired into the Jewish nation from the Gaza strip by Hamas, which declared an end to a de facto ceasefire in retaliation for the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza following the deadly terrorist attacks of several days ago.

The highly touted Iron Dome missile interception system appears to have been successful in knocking many of the rockets out of the sky before they could do damage. But some slipped through and there was at least one Israeli fatality as a result of the attacks.