Israel Installs Iron Dome After Egyptian Violence

Israeli Iron Dome battery / AP

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) installed a sixth Iron Dome missile defense system, which will be staffed only by reserve soldiers, last Wednesday according to the Times of Israel.

The Israeli government plans to establish six more Iron Domes after the Sinai region endured several missile attacks last week.

According to the Times:

This weekend we introduced an additional Iron Dome battery, based on reserves manpower, which will protect the citizens of Israel in times of emergency," Haimovitch told the army’s weekly Bamahaneh magazine.

The short-range, air-defense system was first introduced in March 2011, after years of contemplation and deep-seated reluctance to both the concept and the notion of an expensive rocket-defense system.

In Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012, however, the IDF’s five Iron Dome batteries intercepted 86 percent of the 421 rockets flying toward populated areas — far surpassing virtually all expectations — "and dramatically changing the face of the campaign," according to then-defense minister Ehud Barak.