20 March 2013
Angles of Attack for Israelís Iron Dome Missile System

By William J. Broad
The New York Times


Israel last fall hailed the Iron Dome system as destroying hundreds of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip. When an interceptorís sensor detects the incoming rocket, it detonates its own warhead, sending out metal fragments. If the timing is right, fragments will hit the rocketís warhead, detonating it. Skeptics say the Israelis exaggerated the success rate and that the odds of destruction depend critically on how the interceptor approaches the rocket.

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