Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Israel tests naval version of Iron Dome missile defense system

The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, and the IDF have completed a successful series of live-fire tests of the ‘C-Dome’ system – an advanced naval configuration of the Iron Dome defense system. The system was operated for the first time aboard the Sa’ar 6 corvette Israeli Naval Ship (INS) Magen against multiple threats.

The test campaign consisted of a number of scenarios simulating advanced threats, including rockets, cruise missiles, and UAVs. The ‘C-Dome’ is capable of successfully intercepting such threats.

The C-Dome onboard missile defense system is a sea-going version of the Iron Dome missile defense system developed by Rafael. It joins other advanced systems that make up Israel’s multi-tier missile defense array, including the Arrow and David’s Sling systems. The development of ‘C-Dome’ was led by the IMDO in Israel’s Ministry of Defense.

The C-Dome includes a 10-round canister loaded with vertically-launched Tamir interceptors for 360-degree coverage, a feature not supported by the land-based Iron Dome system. The ship’s own surveillance radar is used to negate the need for a dedicated fire control radar.

“Today, we mark another historic milestone for the Iron Dome defense system – the completion of a series of successful offshore tests of the missile defense system on board a naval vessel,” said Moshe Patel, Director of the Israel Missile Defense Organization. “The advanced detection system accurately identified various threats including rocket fire, cruise missiles, and UAVs. The system successfully intercepted the threats with surgical precision. The success of today’s tests further strengthens our confidence in our missile defense systems as well as the ability of the Israeli Navy to defend the maritime assets of the State of Israel.”