This is the second Iron Dome battery ever deployed. The first battery was deployed in the Be'er Sheva region eight days earlier.
Shortly after the IDF announced the deployment of the battery, Gaza terrorists fired a 'Kassam' type short range rocket at the Hof Ashkelon area. No one was reported hurt. Iron Dome was apparently not used against the rocket.
Iron Dome is considered a significant achievement for the Israeli defense establishment, and is currently being assimilated into operational use by the IAF. It will be used to defend Israel against the threat posed by rockets and mortar shells. The Iron Dome system is capable of identifying and destroying such projectiles before they strike Israeli territory.
“Iron Dome will provide sound protection against missile and rocket fire at the residents of Israel’s southern communities. However, it is not hermetic,” said Aerial Defense Network Commander, Brig. Gen. Doron Gavish.
“Its deployment, a final step before the system’s official operational use, will last a number of weeks, during which we will survey its effectiveness in various sites in the South,” said Brig. Gen. Gavish. (read more)