What is Iron Dome?
Deployed in 2011, it is a short-range, ground-to-air, air defence system that includes a radar and Tamir interceptor missiles that track and neutralise any rockets or missiles aimed at Israeli targets.
It is used for countering rockets, artillery & mortars (C-RAM) as well as aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles.Its success rate is over 90%.
How does it work, and what makes it so effective?
The Iron Dome has three main systems that work together to provide a shield over the area where it is deployed, handling multiple threats.
It has a detection and tracking radar to spot any incoming threats, a battle management and weapon control system (BMC), and a missile firing unit.
It is capable of being used in all weather conditions, including during the day and night