Israel is monitoring missile attacks with airships

In Israel, testing has begun on a new long-range missile detection system that detects threats using huge, Zeppelin-like balloons floating at high altitudes, the newspaper Jedio Ahronot reported.

The Israeli Ministry of Defense is working on one of the largest systems of its kind in the world, being jointly developed by the state-owned subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries and the American company TCOM. The new air defense system will be deployed in the north of the country and will be a significant element in the protection of state borders. The structure, which can be likened to a huge drop, was called “tal samaim” in Hebrew, or “heavenly dew.”

“With its detection capabilities and multi-layered defense system, Israel will retain its advantage in the region, allowing it the operational leeway it needs to maintain its security,” Defense Minister Beni Ganz said of the new military equipment. “Over the past year, we have demonstrated through a number of successful attempts that Israel’s multi-level defense system can cope with serious threats, including cruise missiles,” Moses Mapat, head of the arms development department at the Department of Defense’s development department, told the paper.


Israel has taken a number of steps in recent years against potential threats from Iran, which each has huge missile arsenals, the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, and the Islamist terrorist organization Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip. During the most recent May Wall Guard operation, Hamas rocketed a mass of missiles into Tel Aviv to try to evade Israel’s Iron Dome defense system against short-range missiles, but the counter-missiles captured about 90 percent of the projectiles launched.

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes against targets of Hamas and other Islamist organizations. More than 250 Palestinians, including 129 civilians, have died in the fighting, according to the United Nations. On the Israeli side, 13 people lost their lives.


Source: SG.hu Hírmagazin – Tudomány by sg.hu.

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