Naval Iron Dome is Declared Operational

The Naval Iron Dome system, first tested in May 2016, completed its final round of testing on Monday. The successful test, in which Grad rockets were fired both individually and in barrages, resulted in the system being declared fully operational by the Israeli Defense Forces. The “Iron Dome of the Sea” was a multi-year joint project between the Israeli Air Force and Navy. Currently, the Iron Dome has only been installed on one ship, the Sa’ar 5-class INS Lahav (502), but according to Brig. Gen. Tzvika Haimovitch, head of the IAF’s Aerial Defense Command, there are plans to put the system on additional corvettes. Earlier this year, the military had announced that two Iron Dome batteries would be installed on each of the four Sa’ar 6-class warships currently under construction in Germany and scheduled for delivery to Israel in 2019. The Naval Iron Dome’s launcher is now connected not only to the ship’s Adir radar system, but also to the entire network of Iron Dome land-based batteries, to which it had not been previously connected.