Military carries out new tests of ship-mounted Iron Dome system

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

An Iron Dome missile defense system fires an interceptor from a Sa’ar-6 corvette, at a target during an exercise in May 2023. (Defense Ministry)
An Iron Dome missile defense system fires an interceptor from a Sa’ar-6 corvette, at a target during an exercise in May 2023. (Defense Ministry)

The Defense Ministry and Navy say they recently carried out a new series of tests of a ship-mounted version of the Iron Dome air defense system.

The test earlier this month comes after the system, known as C-Dome, was declared operational on the Sa’ar 6-class corvette INS Oz.

During the recent test, the C-Dome mounted on the Sa’ar 6-class corvette INS Magen intercepted projectiles simulating threats the system is likely to face at sea.

The navy’s Sa’ar-6 corvettes are tasked with guarding the natural gas platforms off Israel’s coast as well as its shipping lanes.

“The C-Dome system constitutes a significant leap forward in our defense capabilities, and ensures the Israeli defense establishment’s superiority and operational capabilities in the face of growing threats in the maritime arena,” says Defense Minister Yoav Gallant in remarks provided by his office.

The C-Dome, much like the ground version of the Iron Dome, is capable of downing rockets, cruise missiles, and drones, the ministry says.

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