Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak inaugurates Iron Dome trial run in Beersheba

01 Apr

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, rear right, visits the control room of a recently deployed rocket defense battery, near the southern Israeli town of Beersheba, Thursday, March 31, 2011. The rocket defense system, called "Iron Dome", is the latest tool in Israel's arsenal to stop a recent spike in attacks from the neighboring Gaza Strip. Iron Dome uses sophisticated cameras and radar to track incoming rockets and intercept them. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

ISRAEL, April 1, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited the Beersheba battery of the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system on Thursday, announcing that its trial deployment has begun.

As reported by The Jerusalem Post on Thursday, IAF commander Maj.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan told reporters that “this battery is ready for action,” and expressed pride that it is “The fruit of Israeli development and is being operated by Israelis.”

“We are the first army in the world to use this type of war – missiles against missiles,” Nehushtan said. “It will become an integral part of the air force.”

Nehushtan also warned that the Iron Dome system “has limitations and can not give a full defense.”

In response, Barak said “we trust that the system will be operated as well as it can, even though we know that no trial run can be 100 percent.” He added that “if this will be like the previous tries I’ve seen, it will be very good.”

The defense minister also said that “an additional defense layer, including the ‘Magic Wand’ and the ‘Super Arrow’ will be installed in the next few years.” (*)

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