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Israel: 'Iron Dome' rocket shield test a success

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  • Israel says it has tested system to protect country from rocket, artillery attack
  • Test rockets were fired at Israel to test effectiveness of "Iron Dome" system
  • System uses interceptor with warhead that detonates any target within seconds
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JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israel says it has successfully tested an anti-rocket system developed to protect the country from short-range rocket and artillery attack from Lebanon and Gaza, defense officials said.

Rockets, of the type fired in recent years at Israel, were launched to test the system. The Iron Dome system responded "successfully and in accordance with the objectives of the experiment," the defense ministry said.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said: "Developing a multi-layered defense system against rockets is a national mission aimed at reaching the stage in which a vast majority of the missiles do not reach their targets."

The Iron Dome is a mobile defense system for countering short-range rockets and 155 mm artillery shell threats with ranges of up to 43 miles (70 kilometers) in all weather conditions, including low clouds, rain, dust storms or fog.

According to the manufacturer, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the system uses an interceptor with a warhead that detonates any target in the air within seconds.

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