Upgraded Iron Dome missile defence system passes new interception tests
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Upgraded Iron Dome missile defence system passes new interception tests

The latest tests, which an expert said had a 100 percent success rate, 'simulated the future threats that the system may face during a confrontation'

An Iron Dome air defence system fires to intercept a rocket from Gaza Strip.
An Iron Dome air defence system fires to intercept a rocket from Gaza Strip.

An upgraded Iron Dome missile defence system underwent new interception tests.

Israel’s Defence Ministry on Sunday announced that the tests had been successfully completed, ten years after Iron Dome had its first real-world interception test on Jan. 6, 2010.

The latest tests “simulated the future threats that the system may face during a confrontation,” the ministry said in a statement.

Pini Yungman, a vice president of Israel’s state-owned Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd., a manufacturer of Iron Dome, told the Times of Israel that the tests had a 100 percent success rate.

Since its deployment in 2011, Iron Dome has intercepted over 2,400 projectiles, the Defence Ministry said, the majority fired from Gaza. The system is estimated to have a success rate of over 85 percent.

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