Israel's Iron Dome defence intercepts scores of Gaza rockets in skies above Tel Aviv

Israel's Iron Dome defence intercepts scores of Gaza rockets in skies above Tel Aviv

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THE Iron Dome in Israel is the first missile interceptor of its kind in the world, and is said to have a 90 per cent success rate at bringing down targets.

Thousands of rockets have been intercepted by the mobile air defence system, including during violent clashes with Gaza in May 2021. Here's the lowdown on the high tech system.

The Iron Dome is a mobile, all-weather air defence system in Israel designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and 155mm artillery shells fired from a distance of 4km to 70km.

It intercepts rockets that are travelling in the direction of a urban areas and brings them down - it is the first system of its kind in the world.

Developed by Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, if can be operated in all weather conditions including fog, dust storm, low clouds and rain.

Israel hopes to increase the range of the dome's interceptions to 250km and make it able to stop rockets coming from two directions.

The system was ready for use in March 2011 and in April it had successfully intercepted a BM-21 Grad launched from Gaza for the first time.

In March 2012 The Jerusalem Post reported that the Iron Dome had shot down 90 per cent of rockets launched from Gaza that would have landed in populated areas.

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