Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Will Iron Dome Protect Israel Against 45,000 Rockets?

Space Daily reports on the threat facing Israel and how it has grown since the 2006 Hezbollah war.

In 2006, Hezbollah possessed an estimated 12,000 rockets of various calibers, most of them of limited range and destructive power. Last weekend, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned that Hezbollah now has some 45,000 rockets and missiles, thousands more than previously estimated and enough to sustain daily fire for months.

According to military analysts, some of those weapons are capable of hitting Tel Aviv, Israel's largest metropolis, the industrial heartland in the center of the country and as far south as the Dimona nuclear reactor in the Negev Desert.

Israel's nightmare is that if hostilities do break out -- most likely if it launches pre-emptive strikes against Iran -- its cities would come under an unprecedented bombardment.
Iran has also supplied Hezbollah with SCUD missiles.  To counteract all this, Israel has the Trophy, Iron Fist, Iron Dome, Stunner, and Arrow-2 systems.

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