The manufacturers of Israel’s highly successful Iron Dome anti-missile system are working towards speeding up delivery of new batteries as rocket attacks continue from Gaza.
Israeli defense companies Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) say they are speeding up the delivery of a ninth Iron Dome battery that was originally scheduled for a March 2015 delivery, Globes reported.
Over the weekend, an eighth Iron Dome battery was delivered to the Israeli Air Force four months ahead of schedule.
According to the IDF, the Iron Dome system has scored a 90-percent success at intercepting rockets from Gaza that threaten populated areas. Rafael and IAI engineers have said they are continually updating and improving the hardware and software systems of Iron Dome that has significantly extended their range and accuracy.
One of the chief developers of the Iron Dome system, Brig.-Gen. (res.) Dr. Danny Gold, said that the system will only continue to improve its accuracy as rocket fire increases.
“The effectiveness of Iron Dome is very, very high,” Gold told the Times of Israel. “I’m not surprised, because if you study the system, you foresee a very high rate of success. I’ve put the numbers very high, and it reached the goal and got even better. And I don’t see any physical barriers to getting even better.”