Jerusalem (AP) —Israel said Wednesday that it had begun testing a large-scale inflatable missile detection system designed to hover at high altitudes and detect long-range threats.
Israel already boasts a series of sophisticated missile defenses that were successfully used in this year’s 11-day Gaza War.
The highly available aerostat system resembles a giant airship or zeppelin. The Department of Defense states that it is one of the largest systems of its kind in the world. It was developed in collaboration with a state-owned subsidiary of the Israeli aerostat industry and TCOM, a US aerostat manufacturer.
Israel has been actively working in recent years to counter potential threats from Iran, Lebanon’s Hezbollah radical group, and Gaza’s radical Hamas ruler, all of which are large-scale rockets capable of attacking major cities. We are proud of our weapons.
During the Gaza War, Hamas fired rockets at Tel Aviv in an attempt to overwhelm Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, but Israeli officials said it shot down about 90% of the targeted projectiles.
Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes on what it claims to be the target of militants. According to the United Nations, the fighting killed more than 250 Palestinians, including 129 civilians. Thirteen people died on the Israeli side.