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    • David Gutholc
    • 28.11.12 | 08:53 (IST)

    This is certainly a selective article, only praising the Iron Dome, but neglecting to point to alternatives, and pointing to its cost effectivness which it is not. The Tamir rocket is 10 to 15 times more expensive than the rocket it destroys, cannot cover the shorter range of Sderot and setlements adjgacent to Gaza nor mortar fire extensively used by Hamas. The Goal Keeper System of firing Bursts of 3000 rounds per min of 30mm munition does that and in spades. It is used in the defense perimeters of USA bases in Iraq and Afganistan, protecting ships from rocket atacks, in sevice since the eighties, off the shelf proven systems, and certainly more cost effective than the Iron Dome. Needless to say that the development of Iron Dome was in the billions, which would have allowed for the purchase of many more conventional bateries avilable almost instantly. It would have been in place immediately after The Second Lebanese war thus perhaps avoiding Cast lead and this renewed episode, David

    from the article: In defense of Iron Dome
    First published 09:49 27.11.12 | Last updated 09:49 27.11.12
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