Five years since the first interception (Photo: Herzl Yosef)

YNetNews By: Yoav Zitun

 

The first interception was of a rocket fired from northern Gaza towards Ashkelon; it has since performed more than 1,000 anti-rocket interceptions from 8000 launches the system has identified.

 

 

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) celebrated on Thursday, at exactly 5:16pm, five years since the first rocket interception by the Iron Dome system.

 

It began with the historic interception of a rocket fired from northern Gaza towards an Ashkelon neighborhood, and since then it has performed more than 1,000 anti-rocket interceptions from 8000 launches the system has identified. These were carried out in seven rounds of escalation and two operations (Operation Pillar of Fire and Operation Protective Edge). The system’s success rate after five years is about ninety percent. 

 

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