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Advanced air defense systems protect Israel from drones, missiles

On Saturday, Iran launched a swarm of drones and missiles toward Israel, but the Israeli military was preparing to intercept the weapons in pursuit of the Islamic Republic’s first-ever direct attack on Israel, the Times said. – Reported by the newspaper of Israel.

Earlier Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had been “preparing for a possible direct attack from Iran” for several weeks.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel’s “air defenses are in place and ready for any scenario, both offensive and defensive.”

Israel’s missile defense system includes a complex range of weapons to protect and defend the country.

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“Israel has a multilayered air defense system consisting of Iron Dome, David Sling, Arrow, and other undisclosed assets. It is also likely to receive ballistic missile support defense from the United States, as both militaries have been training for years. ” said Mark Dubowitz, CEO of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

With an annual military budget of more than $20 billion and access to cutting-edge U.S. military hardware, Israel controls much of the air and sea around its territory and has impressive cyber capabilities.

The Arrow Missile Defense System consists of the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 and can intercept missiles launched from above the atmosphere up to nearly 1,500 miles away.

Another weapon is “David Sling”. It is designed to intercept enemy planes, drones, tactical ballistic missiles, medium- and long-range rockets, and cruise missiles launched at ranges of 25 to 190 miles.

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A streak of light is seen as Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system intercepts a rocket fired into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip on April 7, 2023.

Iron Dome is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells launched from distances between 2 and 43 miles away and whose trajectory reaches populated areas in Israel.

The system was first used in combat in 2011, when it shot down a missile fired from the Gaza Strip, which has been under Hamas control since 2007.

The Israeli military claims Iron Dome has a success rate of up to 90%.

The Patriot missile system is primarily used by the U.S. Army, and the United States also deploys it to several allies, including Ukraine, Poland, and Israel. The Patriot system is designed to intercept aircraft and cruise missiles at ranges of up to 94 miles and altitudes of up to 30 miles.

Over the past few years, U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation has expanded to include joint efforts on several systems designed to thwart a variety of threats, ranging from short-range missiles and rockets launched by non-state actors such as Hamas. It has evolved including development. According to the Jewish Virtual Library, Hezbollah has attacked medium- and long-range ballistic missiles in the Syrian and Iranian arsenals.

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The Israeli Missile Defense Agency says it continues to improve each system, adapting and evolving its capabilities to a wide range of threats.

FOX News’ Bradford Betts and Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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