Israeli Navy completes test of naval Iron Dome system

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., with the Israeli Navy, and the Israel Ministry of Defense IMDO has completed an advanced interception test of the C-DOME Naval Iron Dome System. 

DOME is an advanced naval configuration of RAFAEL’s IRON DOME aerial defense system and is operated from the Missile Ship (INS) ‘Oz’ from the Sa’ar 6 ‘Magen’ Class Corvette.

As part of the interception test, the system was installed on the INS Oz corvette, the second of four advanced missile corvettes received by the Israeli Navy in the last two years. 

The test simulated real threats and included the system’s successful detection and interception of targets in challenging scenarios.

The C-DOME constitutes an additional layer of Israel’s multi-tiered missile and air defense array, based on four operational defense tiers: IRON DOME, DAVID’S SLING, Arrow 2, and Arrow 3. The Israel Ministry of Defense Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) within the DDR&D led the systems’ development.

The C-DOME System constitutes a significant addition to the Israeli Navy’s defense capabilities in a wide array of missions, including the guarding of strategic assets, the Exclusive Economic Zone, and maintaining the regional maritime superiority of the State of Israel.

“The operationalization of the C-DOME system is a significant milestone for the State of Israel’s naval defense capabilities. I would like to congratulate the Israeli Navy, the Ministry of Defense’s IMDO, and Rafael, for this groundbreaking technological process and for their cooperation and determination that led to this great success. Israel is continuing to build and strengthen its defense and attack capabilities – and will continue to keep its defensive edge in the area, protect its assets, its infrastructure and first and foremost – the lives and safety of the citizens of Israel,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said.

“The C-DOME system expertly identified threats and successfully intercepted them by launching IRON DOME interceptors towards them from the sea. C-DOME, the naval configuration of the IRON DOME, promotes further operational flexibility and has become a part of the State of Israel’s multi-tiered missile and air defense array,” Head of the Israel Ministry of Defense IMDO, Moshe Patel commented.

“The IRON DOME interception system completed a tremendously successful series of tests this past year, both in Israel and in the United States, as part of the interception tests conducted by the Marine Corps and the United States Army. The IRON DOME has met our operational objectives, including during Operation Breaking Dawn earlier this year.”

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