Iron Dome is an Israeli mobile missile defense system designed to intercept short-range rockets and artillery. It comprises the lowest tier of Israel’s missile defense architecture, intended to counter unguided rocket and drone attacks.
The Iron Dome anti-missile system fires interception missiles as rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip, as seen in a long exposure photograph taken in the city of Ashkelon in 2018.
The system consists of three main elements: the Tamir interceptor and its launcher, the ELM 2084 Multi-mission Radar (MMR), and a battle management and weapon control system (BMC). The Iron Dome battery includes 3 – 4 launchers, a battle management system, and a fire control radar. Each launcher can hold up to 20 Tamir interceptors. A complete battery costs approximately $100M to produce. Each Iron Dome battery can defend an area of up to 150 square kilometres against short-range missiles, mortars, and rockets. To conserve interceptors, the Iron Dome system can discern between rockets that threaten population areas and those that will fall harmlessly in open terrain.
Iron Dome launcher deployed near Ashkelon
Iron Dome can detect and engage targets at ranges of up to 70 km.3 The system’s Tamir interceptor is 3 meters long, 0.16 m in diameter, and weighs 90 kg at launch. It uses a command data-link and onboard active radar seeker for guidance and uses a high-explosive blast-fragmentation warhead to destroy targets. The Tamir interceptor was initially estimated to cost $100,000 to produce, but recent estimates assert unit costs of roughly $40,000 to $50,000 each.
Iron Dome launching a Tamir interceptor during Operation Guardian of the Walls, May 2021Some Iron Dome systems have been exported. A weakness for most potential markets is that each Iron Dome system protects no more than 100–150 square kilometres (39–58 square miles); this is effective in a small country like Israel, but not for larger states. Even in Israel, the batteries have to be moved around according to perceived risk of attack. Singapore, a sovereign island city-state, is reported to have purchased the Iron Dome, and the US Army has bought two batteries to protect overseas bases.
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