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Israeli air defense systemswill not be able to cope with a rocket swarm (National Interest)

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Israel’s air defense systems appear very fragile in the face of a swarm of attacks. Tel Aviv must find another solution.

The US news site The National Interest reaffirms that Israel’s air defense systems are marked not only by technical failures but also by operational restrictions.

“What is perfectly clear to Israel’s enemies is that during the last decade even Tel Aviv’s best-performing air defense systems have been unable to thwart the attacks.”

The National Interest then refers to the Iron Dome as a clear example of an inefficient missile defense system that showed significant signs of weakness in the Gaza conflict in 2014.

“During the Gaza war, the Iron Dome should have intercepted 690 short-range rockets simultaneously.”

The article adds: “According to the Israeli intelligence service, 1,000 rockets could be fired per day in the event of a new war. Such a swarm of rockets could seriously weaken the interception capability of the Iron Dome, already questioned.

“Another flaw in Israel’s air defense systems is that they use Tamir interceptor missiles, each of which costs $ 150,000. We can not compare the price of these missiles with that of the not very expensive rockets that they must intercept,” says the article.

The National Interest finally advises Israel to think of other weapons including anti-aircraft laser systems although this type of system has never been used on the battlefield.

The Iron Dome is part of a giant Israeli anti-aircraft defense system whose installation has cost billions of dollars in Tel Aviv.

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