#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – IRAN (Tehran) – August 25 – Iranian military leaders announced on August 05 2014 that Tehran is readying new mid-range and long-range missile defence systems reminiscent of Israel’s Iron Dome system, which destroys rockets in mid-air before they strike the ground The Free Beacon reported.
Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli, commander of Iran’s Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defence Base, said on Wednesday that the latest defence systems will go on-line on September 22, according to comments made recently to Iran’s semi-official on Fars News Agency.
The missile defence announcement comes as the successes of Israel’s Iron Dome system are featured prominently in Western media outlets. Israeli officials have hailed the highly advanced system for protecting lives during the most recent conflict with Hamas by knocking many of the terror group’s attacks off course.
Esmayeeli, who did not reveal many technical details about the new equipment, said that the mid-range and long-range defence systems will be connected to Iran’s larger military apparatus.
“These missile systems will include combined systems, artillery, and radar systems, other new systems,” he was quoted as saying by Fars.” The long-range missiles to go on display on September 22 are the ones which have been optimized by Iranian weapons experts and specialists.”
As the Obama administration continues nuclear talks with Iran through November, Tehran’s military forces have continued to build up their cache of advanced weaponry, including drones and sophisticated missiles.
Esmayeeli revealed that the construction of new drones and war planes had been fully authorized and paid for by the Iranian government, which is set to see another $2.8 billion cash infusion over the next several months as part of the deal reached last month to extend talks.
The construction of “new [manned] planes and pilot-less drones” also is in the works, according to Esmayeeli.
Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser on Iran and Iraq for the George W. Bush administration, said Iran has made “great strides” in its missile technology, though it is unlikely Tehran could rival the technology employed in Iron Dome.
On July 16 2014 Business Week reported that most of the funding for Israel’s highly effective Iron Dome rocket-defence system has come from the U.S. In exchange for more funds, the Pentagon is now requiring Israel to buy more of the parts of the missile-defence system from American contractors, including Raytheon (RTN).
The Senate Appropriations Defence Subcommittee approved recently a draft 2015 defence spending bill that would double—to $350 million—current levels of U.S. funding of Iron Dome. The full appropriations panel will consider the bill shortly.
Iron Dome has saved the lives of Israelis by exploding Hamas rockets in the air before they have a chance to land and deliver their lethal payloads. I saw the interceptors in action during a recent vacation in Israel.
“Iron Dome Ineffective,” says MIT scientist
July 23, 2014 6:18am
(JTA) — Theodore Postol, an MIT security expert, says that Israel’s famed Iron Dome missile defense system is flawed, with a success rate of under five percent.
An analysis posted on the website of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, thebulletin.org, by Theodore Postol, a professor of science technology and national security policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, indicates that Israel’s low casualty rates are due to the widespread availability of shelters and to the country’s early warning system, as well as the relatively small size of Hamas rockets.
Postol based his analysis on photo and video evidence as well as an analysis of Israeli insurance claim data.
Postol has previously criticized the Iron Dome system. In 2013, the Israeli Institute of National Security Studies rebutted his criticism, saying it was “dubious research without access to credible data,” according to a report by the International Business Times. Israel reportedly has claimed to have a 90 percent success rate in intercepting missiles.
Postol has responded that if the missile system matched Israeli claims, the government would make available the data to prove it.
In his post on bulletin.org, Postol wrote, “In the absence of Israeli data backing claims of Iron Dome efficiency, and based on the unambiguous evidence I have reviewed, a conclusion seems clear: The Israeli government is not telling the truth about Iron Dome to its own population, or to the United States, which has provided the Israeli government with the bulk of the funding needed to design and build the much-heralded but apparently ineffective rocket-defence system.”
Retired Brigadier Danny Gold explains how Iron dome works on this Video