Photo of the Day: Nov. 19, 2012

An Israeli missile from the Iron Dome defense missile system is launched to intercept and destroy incoming rocket fire from Gaza on November 17, 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

As the Israel/Palestine conflict continues to heat up, the Iron Dome missile defense system has become increasingly critical to the Israel Defense Forces strategy.  The system, which includes four batteries, has already intercepted numerous rockets fired from Gaza.  Our own Barbara Opall-Rome reports that Rafael, the Israeli munitions provider for the system, has moved to round the clock production to keep up with demand…

From Barabara’s Sunday story:

Israel’s Rafael initiated emergency, round-the-clock operations last week to meet intensifying demand for Iron Dome intercepting missiles and the accelerated deployment of a fifth battery to defend against Gaza-launched rockets and missiles.

The state-owned company added a nighttime shift Nov. 14 as Israel’s four operational Iron Dome batteries scored more than 100 intercepts in battles against persistent barrage attacks. In parallel, engineers and program officials were working with Israel’s Ministry of Defense to conclude the development of the newest Block-2 upgrades scheduled for a fifth battery slated for deployment over the weekend.

The system, pictured below, has altered the balance of damage in the cyclical skirmishes across the border between Israel and the Gaza strip by cutting the casualties on the Israeli side and making the casualty counts, which are always unbalanced, tilt even more radically.

Whether the reduction in Israeli casualties will have any impact on the duration of this round of the conflict is yet to be seen.

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Zach is the State Department correspondent, cyberwarfare, research & development and business reporter for Defense News.
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