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How Israel´s Iron Dome Works
ABC News, by Geetika Rudra

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 7/11/2014 4:45:52 AM

With the crisis in the Middle East escalating as Israel and Hamas continue to exchange missile fire, renewed attention has come to Israel´s defense system, the Iron Dome. The anti-missile defense system has been responsible for intercepting militant rockets targeted at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel´s two largest cities. As seen in video footage taken by ABC News, the Iron Dome intercepts missiles mid-air in a matter of seconds. First, the system identifies incoming missiles and then determines whether their range and direction threatens a highly populated area, like a city. If the incoming missile is deemed a threat than Iron Dome

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Reply 1 - Posted by: brianod1, 7/11/2014 7:54:28 AM     (No. 9919476)

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/31/2014 5:26:53 AM     Post Reply
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