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    • David Gutholc
    • 24.11.12 | 07:22 (IST)

    The Iron Dome, with all its successes, is a an expensive system to shot down inexpensive amunition. It was also a pork barel project for Rafael in need of monies, perhaps the main reason for developing the system in house. I would like to point out that effective systems were available, The Goal Keeper System designed by General Dynamics in the Seventies using the Multi-Barrel machine gun designed by General Electric in the Sixties and continually upgraded, in use world wide, would have been available off the shelf , mening almost instantly. 30 mm shells fired at the rate of 6000 rounds per minute would certainly detroy the unsofisticated rokets. The system could have been in place from day one of this atrition by the Terror organizations, on the northen border as well as in front of Gaza. Tweeking the systems by Rafael would of course have been much less glamorous and certainly less costly to the IDF, with results not much different than the ones scored by Iron Dome. David Gutholc. David

    from the article: Preparing for Israel's previous war, not its next peace
    First published 06:23 24.11.12 | Last updated 06:23 24.11.12
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