New IDF Systems Counter Gaza Anti-Tank Missile Threat (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 03/19/12)
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The IDF has implemented two new defensive systems to detect and
deflect anti-tank missiles that are fired from Gaza. The systems are
becoming operational nearly one year after terrorists fired an anti-
tank missile at a yellow school bus, killing a Jewish youth.
The systems were developed by Elbit Systems Ltd., enabling early
detection and warning of launched anti-tank missiles as well as
"Due to the anti-tank missile threat in the Southern Command, we´ve
been looking for a means of detecting where missiles are launched
from," the Head of the Southern Command Weapon and Technologies
Department, Maj. Nissan Mizrachi, told the IDF Website.
One of the new systems allows for detecting of laser-operated weapons
and warns against possible threats. The technology detects the
direction of the threat and its type, and it informs the commander in
the field both visually and using audio. The system is based on the
direction and speed the system calculates where the missile will
land, and it can thus assist a tank, for example, to direct its fire
at the threat. The warning provided by the system provides a 360-
The second newly implemented system, also developed by Elbit Systems,
diverts missiles that have been fired. The system redirects the
missile using several different technologies, ensuring the vehicle
carrying the system is not harmed.
Both systems became operational in the past few months and provides
defense against the growing anti-tank missile threat in the Gaza
Strip region. The Southern Command has also paved a new road, which
it says is safe from anti-tank missile threats, for use by Jewish
communities in the area. The road´s unique location in a land fold
provides ultimate protection from anti-tank missiles.
Observers believe that Israel announces its new defense technologies
partly because it is interested in selling them abroad.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/19/12)
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