The upgraded missile will allow for a wider range of capabilities. The batteries will also be equipped with radars capable of detecting targets at greater distances
The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system will soon start using a new and improved interceptor missile. The upgraded model of the Tamir interceptor missile will soon become operational in the IAF, to be used against missiles and rockets. Iron Dome batteries across the country will use the new interceptor missiles as well as the currently used missiles.
“The main difference between the two models of the missile is the warhead, where the system that makes the missile “smart” is located,” explained a commander in the Israeli Air Defense Formation. “The current version of the missile is extremely advanced. The next version, which will be put into use as part of the system’s upgrade to the Block II version, will make it even more advanced. The new radars will upgrade the system as well.”
When the new interceptor missile with be implemented, each Iron Dome battery will also be equipped with more missiles, which will allow for more maneuvering techniques and a wider variety of capabilities. Additionally, the new model will increase the system’s operational capacity under diverse conditions and while stationed in different areas.
Since the Iron Dome system first became operational in 2011, it successfully intercepted over 100 rockets targeting residential areas. Regardless of the system’s tremendous success, its developers and operators work to continue improving its operation. This includes use of new radars, improved interceptors and model upgrades.