Missiles and Satellites

The New Threat of Very Accurate Missiles

| August 9, 2016

Precision-guided medium-range missiles, a relatively new technology, are beginning to proliferate in the Middle East. When they work as designed, they can deliver half a ton of high explosive to within meters of their targets. This means that for many targets, they are almost as effective as nuclear weapons.

Israel’s Air and Missile Defense During the 2014 Gaza War

| February 11, 2015

The Israeli Air Defense Command deployed an efficient defense array against the rocket launchers in the last operation in the Gaza Strip. The operation also uncovered the gaps in the Israeli defense system that require corrective actions.

Iron Dome: Has the Euphoria Been Justified?

| February 25, 2013

Praise for Iron Dome may be deserved, yet Israel’s deterrence capability has not been enhanced, and Israel’s enemies may initiate an arms race to try and defeat it.

Iron Dome: A Dress Rehearsal for War?

| July 3, 2012

If the appearance of Iron Dome on the battlefields of southern Israel was what compelled Palestinians to scale down the scope of their rocket fire, this would be a major strategic achievement of Israel’s newly deployed missile shield, and a resounding exoneration for the resources invested in it.

Missile Warfare: A Realistic Assessment

| January 25, 2012

The threat to Israel of missile warfare is somewhat exaggerated and public discourse on this issue should reflect realistic assessments. Missile attacks would be able to inflict only limited physical damage on Israel.

The Missile Threat from Gaza: From Nuisance to Strategic Threat

| December 1, 2011

When the first Qassam rocket landed in the town of Sderot in October 2001, few observers, if any, perceived it as the harbinger of a protracted and increasingly furious campaign by the radical Palestinian groups in Gaza against Israel’s population centers adjacent to the Gaza Strip (the so called “Gaza envelope” communities) by ballistic weapons.

Iron Dome in Action: A Preliminary Evaluation

| October 24, 2011

The Iron Dome missile defense system has succeeded in saving lives and reducing damages, thus providing more flexibility to the political leadership for containing the fighting with the Hamas government in Gaza.

מערכת ההגנה האקטיבית כיפת ברזל בפעולה: הערכה ראשונית

| October 24, 2011

מערכת ההגנה האקטיבית נגד רקטות “כיפת ברזל” הופעלה לראשונה באפריל 2011 בהצלחה טכנית ברורה. רק לאחר ההצלחה הראשונה של “כיפת ברזל” החלו בכירי מערכת הביטחון לחשוף את המניעים הבסיסיים, את התכליות האסטרטגיות ואת מגבלות המערכת

The Lessons of Operation Cast Lead and 2006 Lebanon War

| February 19, 2009

Almost the entire Israeli home front has come under rocket and missile assault. This article surveys the Israeli response to rocket attacks, including the targeting of missile launchers and improved civil defense; and discusses the need for a comprehensive active missile defense.

הגנה אקטיבית בפני רקטות וטילים: לקחי עופרת יצוקה ומלחמת לבנון השנייה

| February 19, 2009

מלחמת לבנון השנייה ומבצע “עופרת יצוקה” הוו דגם בזעיר אנפין למלחמות העתיד. איראן וגרורותיה סוריה, החזבאללה והחמאס אינם משקיעים כמעט דבר במערכות נשק “קלאסיות” של מלחמה בעצימות גבוהה. במקום זאת הם בונים ורוכשים כמויות עצומות של טילים ורקטות. בכל מערכה עתידית יהיה העורף הישראלי כולו נתון למתקפה עזה של טילים ורקטות בעוצמה שלא ידענו כמותה. מאמר זה סוקר את אמצעי המענה של ישראל למתקפת הרקטות