Dr. Aaron Lerner 30 May, 2021
Our Iron Dome system does a fantastic job destroying dumb rockets by calculating their trajectories and sending interceptors to destroy them mid-air.
Iron Dome isn’t designed to intercept a guided rocket (aka missile) as its flight paths cannot be projected simply on the basis of data relating to the missile’s movement during the first seconds after launch.
Hamas knows this and can be expected to devote considerable resources to upgrade from dumb rockets to missiles.
It is a considerable technological jump but it would be a tremendous mistake to assume that the timeline for such a project is such that the military industry activity of Hamas can once again be dutifully recorded in an ever growing target bank rather than addressed. After all, Iran designs and produces missiles and nothing is preventing it from sharing its knowledge with Hamas.
We were surprised by the range of some of the rockets Hamas built and launched in the last round.
The consequences of a Hamas missile surprise would be profoundly more serious.
We simply cannot afford to allow Hamas to once again exploit “quiet for quiet” to advance their military capabilities.