Israel’s low casualty count in the recent spate of rocket attacks from Hamas could be due either to its early-warning system or the Iron Dome anti-missile weapon system, Defense One reported Friday.
Patrick Tucker reports that the Iron Dome, developed by Raytheon and Israel’s Rafael, uses tracking and guidance systems to lead interceptor rockets to the incoming missiles and a Laser Fuse beam for positioning targets.
He notes that the system has received skepticism, particularly from MIT national security expert Ted Postol, who wrote in a paper sent to the Bulletin of Atomic Sciences that the Iron Dome has a low engagement and warhead destruction rate due to the varied speeds of Hamas’ Grad missiles.
However, the U.S. government has seen a need for the anti-rocket shield, with the Senate’s defense appropriations subcommittee voting to double the Iron Dome budget to $351.9 million, the report said.
Meanwhile, the Color Red early-warning system application, in partnership with the Yo messaging application, provides at least 10 seconds of warning time before a rocket reaches ground, Tucker writes.