A new footage of Iron Dome malfunction has gone viral on social media.
Israel's Iron Dome is an air missile defence system designed to shield the country from short-range rocket threats. Developed by Rafael Advanced Defence Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries, it became operational in 2011.
Even last month, the defence system had reportedly malfunctioned, with an interceptor rocket landing in the central area of the city of Rishon LeZion, south of Tel Aviv.
The recent footage filmed in Tel Aviv showed a mishap of the Iron Dome interceptor. The missiles went awry, fell and hit nearby locations.
The Israeli forces have announced that they are running an investigation and said it could be for technical reasons
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How it works
The Iron Dome employs an MMR Radar to detect incoming rocket trajectories. Once detected, the system's command and control centre swiftly assesses the rocket's path and projected impact area.
It then determines if the missile poses a threat to populated areas.
When a threat is identified, the command centre orders the launcher to fire an intercepting rocket, precisely targeting and neutralizing the incoming threat in mid-air.
Crucially, the Iron Dome's artificial intelligence distinguishes between harmless rockets and those endangering human lives, ensuring efficient resource allocation.
- Designed for short-range missiles with a range of approximately 40 miles or fewer.
- Mobile and adaptable, it can be deployed on land or ships as needed.
- Requires reloading to maintain continuous missile interception capabilities.