US Army to test Iron Dome for use in Europe

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    Iron Dome, developed by Israel's Rafael, will compete against other short-range rocket defense systems in a trial this month.

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    The US Army may to buy Israel's "Iron Dome" system for defense against short-range rockets at its military bases in Europe, according to a report in "Defense News". The Americans will test the system this month at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, together with competing systems. The US Army has not yet set a timetable for procurement of the system that is selected in the trial. According to "Defense News" the US Army sees an urgent need to plug a gap in its defenses in Europe until a permanent solution to the problem is developed.

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    We should get a big discount for this, we give the Israelis a lot of money.
     
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    Hm... I thought, this system is almost absolutely useless against regular armies, and work only against singular rockets from terrorists. Do you think, that Europe will be like dangerouse in this meaning soon?
     
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    The version we get might be different, I read this on Raytheon's site:

    "Raytheon is working toward production of a U.S. version of Iron Dome called the “SkyHunter™ missile” that could someday defend forward-deployed American forces."

    http://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/products/irondome/

    Here is the description from their trade mark application:

    "Defensive weapons, namely, a ground-based missile interceptor system consisting of a guided missile with electro-optic sensors and adjustable steering fins for tracking and destroying incoming enemy rockets, missiles, artillery, and mortar"

    https://trademarks.justia.com/865/79/skyhunter-86579729.html
     
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    Ok. Lets imagine task. One US military base somewhere in Latvia. 1 infantry battalion in light shelters, one system Iron Dome - one radar+three launchers with twenty missiles in each - 120 anti-missiles.
    Against it there are, for example, two artillery battalions of MRLS "Uragan".
    2 battalions x 18 vechicles x 16 missiles - 576 missiles in salvo. Simulantleosly radar of Iron Dome can lock 8 targets. 576 - 8 = 568. It means, that after first salvo base is ruined, Iron Dome is destroyed. After changing position and reloading battalions do another salvo - just to finish survivors, and then tanks and infantry attack.
    What if there will be new, super-duper radar that can simulantleosly lock 120 targets? No problem, commander of Army (who will have recon info about it before battle) will add another battalion for artillery preparation. Try to intercept 864 missiles with 120 anti-missiles.

    There are different types of artillery fire:
    - Fire for elimination;
    - Fire for supression;
    - Fire for harrasing.

    Terrorists usually use "fire for harrasing" - less than ten missiles in salvo and "Iron Dome" can work against it.

    Regular forces usually use "fire for elimunation" - tens and hundreds missiles in salvo. Against it "Iron Dome" is absolutely useless.
     
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