Iron Dome wins 2012 Israel Defense Prize (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 06/25/12)
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Ehud Barak gives final approval for award to be conferred upon 8
engineers from defense ministry, Rafael, Impress.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak decided Sunday to award the 2012 Israel
Defense Prize to the developers of the Iron Dome counter rocket
defense system. Barakís decision was the final approval of a
recommendation submitted by a prize committee.
Eight engineers from the Defense Ministry, Rafael Advanced Defense
Systems which was the lead contractor in the program and Impress
which developed the command-and-control system for Iron Dome, will
split the award.
The Israel Air Force currently operates four Iron Dome batteries
which are deployed throughout the South due to the recent escalation
in rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.
The Iron Dome was originally designed to defend against rockets at a
range of 4-70 kilometers. Each battery consists of a mini multi-
mission radar manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries and three
launchers, each equipped with 20 interceptors called Tamirs.
As reported recently in The Jerusalem Post though, the IDF is working
to increase the systemís range to enable it to intercept longer-range
rockets that could be fired into Israel.
The radar enables Iron Dome operators to predict the impact site of
the enemy rocket and decide not to intercept it if it is slated to
hit an open area. Each interceptor costs between $50,000-100,000 and
usually two are fired at rockets slated for interception.
Since its deployment last year, Iron Dome batteries have intercepted
just over 100 Katyusha and Kassam rockets fired into Israel from the
Gaza Strip. Last month, the US announced that it would provide Israel
with $70 million in immediate aid to assist in procuring additional
The new package comes after the Obama administration gave Israel $205
million in 2011 and comes on top of the $3 billion Israel receives in
annual foreign aid from the United States. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 06/25/12)
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