'Iron Dome' plays key role in intercepting Hamas rockets

Hamas rockets

Israel's anti-missile system popularly known as 'Iron Dome', developed with US assistance, has been described as an "unprecedented" success, intercepting 85 per cent of rockets fired by Hamas in the recent conflict.

The 'Iron Dome', developed with technical and financial assistance from the US is Israel's frontline anti-missile system, with the Jewish state developing it in tandem with a more sophisticated Arrow system.

After the ceasefire was announced yesterday, the Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak today thanked his US counterpart Leon Panetta, for the American support of the 'Iron Dome' counter-rocket system.

'Iron Dome' protected Israelis from the barrage of missile attacks by Hamas by successfully intercepting them in the middle of the air.

According to various accounts, the 'Iron Dome' system intercepted between 80-90 per cent of the rockets being fired by Hamas and allied Palestinian groups from Gaza.

Barak described the anti-missile system as "unprecedented" and said, it "managed to make Tel Aviv and other cities nearly impregnable" to missile fire.

"The system intercepted over 85 per cent of rockets fired at Israeli civilians and provided decision space for Israel to achieve its strategic goals without forcing further military actions," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little, said.

Panetta today in his call with Barak said that he is impressed by the 'Iron Dome' system and looks forward to continuing to support the system for the benefit of Israel's security, Little said.

Well aware of the importance of this defence system, US President Barack Obama, in 2011, had secured an additional USD 205 million to help produce an Israeli-developed short-range rocket defence system, which has helped defend Israeli communities against rocket attacks by successfully

intercepting rockets.

In July 2012, Obama provided an additional USD 70 million to Israel to ensure that Israel could maximise its production of the 'Iron Dome' system for 2012.

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