Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Iron Dome


iron dome *

It's effective, it saves lives, it's almost humane.

The iron dome is an israeli patent, created and developed as a pure defense  measure against the triple rocket threat:  Qassam, Grad, Fagr5  rockets, fired by  terrorists from Gaza strip into Israel. It detects the rocket and monitors its trajectory until it shoots it down.

(The encounter of the incoming missile and the one launched by the iron dome battery - seen on the TVscreen - is a breathtaking sight).

At present, there are only five iron dome batteries ready to intercept and destroy incoming rockets :   four are deployed in the region  up to 40 kilometers from the border with the neighboring Gaza strip, and one in  Tel Aviv area.

Gaza Strip *

This anti-rocket mobile system has its limitations: high-cost, short range (up to 70 Km), people might  become careless - ignore missile alarms and not look for shelter during emergency, although they know the iron dome's success rate is only about 80%.


Anyway. this counter-rocket is seen as a life Savior by the israelis that undergo daily rocket attacks.   In the hebrew language, the word 'dome' is of feminine gender, so I strangely find myself thinking about the iron dome ,which is a military device, in terms of  heroine, queen, princess and other such flattery words.

* the two above pictures -courtesy of Wikipedia


37 comments:

Bica said...

I haven't been active with blogging and reading blogs at all lately, Duta, and am very glad I decided to take a peek today.

I've been thinking about you a lot lately, with all that's been happening in your part of the world. I pray that you will be safe, and am thankful that there is (some) technology available to counter some of these attacks.

Be safe.

Vera said...

Duta, you remind me that for some countries there is little peace. God bless you for reminding me of this.

Lady Di Tn said...

A real life Diana, the Greek Goddess of hunting. They may be expensive but then how can we put a cost on lives saved. Peace

PinkPanthress said...

I do understand the necessity of weapons... but I wish, and I know it is childish to still wish this at my age, that there was no need for any of these.
For no one! :(

P.S.: I was already feeling unwell, because you hadn't done any blogging in the past few weeks & the situation right now isn't good. *hugs*

Susan Deborah said...

Israel always has a special place in my heart. I think Israel needs this one.

DUTA, happy to see you here. Hope you've been well and happy.

Joy always,
Susan

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La Petite Gallery said...

Duta, Apr 15th at 2:40 PM
at the Boston Marathon, finish line 2 bombs went off.
100 so far injured and 3 dead.
They haven't a clue who did it.
I am so mad! A little boy 8 years old died. Some people just hate America. They Hate everyone, real sick people out there. Be well, be SAFE. Love yvonne

DUTA said...

Hi Yvonne,
My heart goes out to your people.
I'm sure the terrorists will be found and severly punished. Take care.

La Petite Gallery said...

Duta, They caught them a 19 yr.old
with a brother that shot at cops and had bombs, he is older and in the Beth Israel Hosp. in Boston.
NO minds from Afgan/ Turkey , entered here a few years ago LEGALLY. We should shut the doors.
They need to test these people to see if they are simple minded
or just plan Crazy. There is still
hope, we will survive. Love and good wishes to you.

yvonne

Dimple said...

Hi Duta,
I am glad to see you are still in contact with your blog. I hope you are doing well!

I am sad about everyone whose life has been forever changed by terrorism. Boston is just a recent example.

DUTA said...

Dimple,

Thanks for stopping by. I'm OK but busy, and so' as you see, I haven't written any post for the last five months.

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

I just wanted to stop and thank you for visiting me again and to see how you are. I was glad to hear from you and hope you and your family are safe and well.