Impressive video shows Iron Dome interceptors night work against Hamas rocket rain

Nov 16 2012 - 7 Comments

Although there are plenty video available on Youtube (and elsewhere) showing Iron Dome batteries at work, the following one, brought to my attention by Chris Asp is one of the most interesting.

It shows inbound Hamas rockets outside of Beersheva intercepted by the Israeli rocket defense system on Nov. 14.

Although it’s amateur footage, it gives an idea of the amount of missiles fired towards the incoming rain of rockets.

According to the information released by the Israeli Defense Forces, more than 130 rockets had be intercepted during the opening stages of Pillars of Defense.

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  • Bob

    looks like same barrage, different angle:
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=659_1353061700

    insane, watch the interceptors change direction

  • captain cooked

    Iron Dumb… i am disbelieving it, if so many are shot down, why are they still exploding all over israel?

  • captain cooked

    Also it kinda looks to me like they are self-destructing rather than hitting anything

  • Fil

    They only target rockets that are projected to hit populated areas, e.g. they intercept rockets that’ll hit schools at midday, but not midnight, etc.

    Plus there’s not enough units online to cover all of Israel, there’s currently 9 of them being shuttled around secretly.

  • zazuge

    @captain cooked
    yeah they self-destruct all modern air missiles are like that
    they have proximity fuses or remotly detonated by they commanding radar unites
    thought the effeciency of such systems was debated
    its said that if some missles get throught and provoke damage than they are ineffective
    and others pointed out that the cost of such systems and they missiles are magnitudes higher than low cost rocket targets
    while the enemey can fire thousand of such low cost rockets

  • para

    Its impossible to say, what, if anything has been hit. About two years ago Iron Dome had massive problems hitting anything and was described as a token concept, more psychologically valuable than anything else, now its portrayed as big success by IDF and popular western media (in some articles a 9/10 intercept ratio is claimed, which I find hard to believe).

    Historically those improvised HAMAS-rockets are spectacularly poor at hitting anything, let alone create casualties. They seem to be equally incompetent at operating Iranian weaponry. I am guessing, Iron Domes true test will come in another conflict with Hezb’allah.

  • zazuge

    @para
    there multiple hypothesis for that
    and israli medisator said jabari was intentionaly firing into inhabited zones
    or its the indigenious made qassam are not precise
    and fail alot
    iranian made rockets were destined to be fired from platform
    and the long range ones need commanding unites
    but most video show that the missles are fired indvidiualy
    without any platform (because the platforms can’t be smugled or they make easy taget for IAF)