6th Iron Dome battery goes online
During our last really big skirmish with the terrorists in Gaza a couple of years ago, we had two Iron Dome batteries functioning and it was not before time, as Hamas has been smuggling in thousands of grad and other mid-range rockets (which, launched from Gaza or Lebanon, can hit anywhere in our country) and they lobbed about a hundred of them at us. The Iron Domes took out more than 95% before they were able to hit their civilian targets. We had only two Iron Domes then, however, and they were being carted about the country in a frenetic pace. They got a third one into place during the middle of that conflict.
Then, last year, (November 2012) when the terrorists in Gaza went all nutburgerish on us again and lobbed 421 grad rockets at us, we had 5 Iron Domes online and they took out 86%.
Now our sixth defensive battery has gone online. Another six will be deployed in the next two years, bringing our eventual defensive capability up to a total of 12 of them. With those 12, we’ll be able to have every sector of our country protected against mid-range rockets. We’ve already got defenses against long-range rockets. Good fences make good neighbours and so do some big ole Iron Domes.