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Israel completes ‘C-Dome’ interceptions from Sa’ar 6 corvette

Israeli Sa’ar 6 corvette INS Magen launches a C-Dome missile during tests in the mediterranean. Photo: Rafael Advanced Defence Systems

The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), IDF and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems have completed successful live-fire tests at sea of the ‘C-Dome’ system – an advanced naval configuration of the Iron Dome defense system. The ‘C-Dome’ was operated for the first time aboard the Israeli Navy’s Sa’ar 6 corvette, INS Magen, against multiple advanced threats. Crew members of the INS Magen led the ‘C-Dome’ tests.

The test campaign consisted of a number of scenarios simulating advanced threats, including rockets, cruise missiles and UAVs. The ‘C-Dome’ is capable of successfully intercepting such threats. “The advanced detection system accurately identified various threats including rocket fire, cruise missiles and UAVs,” said Director of the Israel Missile Defense Organization, Moshe Patel. “The system successfully intercepted the threats with surgical precision. The success of today’s tests further strengthens our confidence in our missile defense systems as well as the ability of the Israeli Navy to defend the maritime assets of the State of Israel.”

The ‘C-Dome’ onboard missile defense system is based on the Iron Dome defense system developed by Rafael, with the command-and-control system developed by mPrest. ‘C-Dome’ interfaces with the Saar 6’s ‘Adir’ radar, developed by IAI’s ELTA division. It joins other advanced systems that make up Israel’s multi-tier missile defense array, including the Arrow and David’s Sling systems. Development of ‘C-Dome’ was led by the IMDO in Israel’s Ministry of Defense.

This successful live-fire test is an important milestone, says the IMDO, and demonstrates the operational capability of the Israeli Navy to defend strategic assets against current and evolving threats.

“I commend the DDR&D, IDF and Rafael for the completion of an unprecedented test,” said Israel’s Defense Minister, Benny Gantz. “The systems that we are developing as part of Israel’s multi-tier missile defense array enable us to operate against Iranian proxies in the region and defend against their weapon systems, which are constantly being upgraded. We continue to be two steps ahead of them and we will continue developing and upgrading our capabilities in order to maintain security superiority in the region and to defend the citizens and assets of the State of Israel.”

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