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Interceptors are a key component in any missile defense system, supported by associated command and control and sensor systems to find, fix, and destroy incoming missiles. They come in a variety of sizes, from the anti-rocket Tamir that equips Israel’s Iron Dome to the silo-based, anti-ICBM GBIs that equip the U.S. Ground-based Midcourse Defense system. They may explode close to the target using a proximity fuze or employ kinetic, “hit-to-kill” technologies.

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Missile Defense Project, "Interceptors," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, March 3, 2021, last modified August 3, 2021,