Iron Dome successful in downing 75% of rockets

4th battery to be deployed in coming months; disaster averted when 20 Iron Dome interceptors fall off back of a truck.

The Iron Dome counter-rocket defense system has succeeded in intercepting rockets from Gaza 75 percent of the time it fired interceptors at incoming enemy projectiles, according to an analysis of its performance obtained on Thursday by The Jerusalem Post.

The system usually fires two interceptors at each incoming missile. The system usually fires two interceptors at each incoming missile.

“Seventy-five percent is impressive, but we would still like to see it perform better,” one officer said.

The Israel Air Force deployed the system in southern Israel in late March. Since then, it has been activated during the three significant rounds of violence between Israel and Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip – in April, August and October.

In the first round of violence in April, for example, the Iron Dome succeeded in intercepting eight of 10 rockets; in August 22 of 28, and in October 3 of 9. Read more.

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