The Iron Dome missile interceptor is a proven winner on the battlefield. Israel faces enemies to it’s south, north and northeast. The Iron Dome plays an integral role in keeping Israel’s skies safe from a missile barrage.
Israel borders with Egypt and the Hamas terrorist group in the South and southwest of it’s country. To the north and northeast, Israel faces Lebanon and Syria. The only border that has been rather quiet is Israel’s long eastern border with Jordan. A fragile peace continues to hold strong – for now. However, Israel’s other major border is it’s border to the west – the Mediterranean. This is a majorly important border as the bulk of the Israeli population is located very close to the sea.
Missile Intercepts from the Sea
So, is Israel concerned about an attack from the west on Tel-Aviv, Israel’s large coastal city? Probably not. However, from the southwest and northwest, it is not hard to imagine attacks from Israel’s neighbors. They have occurred multiple times. The idea of Israel shooting down missiles from outside of Israel’s land is a very attractive idea. Sometimes, missile interceptors shoot down a missile, but still create damage when the intercepted missile lands.
The idea of intercepting the missile soon after it is shot – from an angle that the enemy did not expect – is an excellent idea. To a certain extent, this is what Israel did with it’s Air Force in 1982 in the 1st Lebanon War. Israeli radar from the west watched as Syrian aircraft came up to attack Israeli planes. But, before the Soviet-supplied airplanes could even engage, most were already shot down by Israeli planes. Radar installations from the west proved to be a critical advantage in the aerial battle.
The Iron dome for boats may indeed have a similar impact on future missile intercepts in future rounds of battle.