Monday, November 19, 2012
This is coolbert:
The statistics as regarding the Israeli Iron Dome SAM [surface-air-missile] system and reported on the evening news tonight staggering.
"Iron Dome . . . is a mobile all-weather air defense system . . . It was designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from distances of 4 to 70 kilometers away and whose trajectory would take them to a populated area . . ."
* One Tamir missile as fired from Iron Dome costs $50,000 per firing.
* One Qassam rocket as fired by Hamas costing $800.
* Iron Dome the cost of which is in the HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS US!
* 90 % of those Grad, Qassam and Fajr rocket artillery rounds inward bound and "constituting a threat" destroyed!
"The estimated cost of each Tamir interceptor missile is US$35,000–50,000 whereas a crudely manufactured Qassam rocket costs around $800 . . ."
Of that hundreds of millions of dollars [US] of development costs the brunt of the burden of which primarily borne by the American taxpayer.
"Iron Dome intercepts only rockets determined to constitute a threat, and that the lives saved and the strategic impact are worth the cost."
Iron Dome seems to be working and quite effectively so.
"The Jerusalem Post reported that the system shot down 90% of rockets launched from Gaza that would have landed in populated areas."
Right, Iron Dome ONLY firing at those targets determined to have a potentiality to land in a populated area. NOT every last one of the rocket artillery rounds as fired by Hamas on course and inward bound toward a populated area. Those threatening rockets indeed intercepted and destroyed with efficiency.
I would think ALSO many of those rockets not atomized and blown to smithereens either. Some even when intercepted will reach the ground in size-able chunks or even detonate with explosive destructiveness. NO system is 100 % effective and should never be assumed to be so.