Iron Dome is an aerial defense system made by Israeli firms Israel Aerospace Industries and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, along with financial and technical backing from the United States.

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The system was first made use of in 2011, and it is developed to stop short-range rockets and artillery like the ones from Gaza. Two different systems called David%u2019s Sling and Arrow, are meant to be used for medium and long-range threats such as planes, drones and missiles.

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Iron Dome depends on radar and analysis to understand if an incoming rocket is a threat, while only firing an interceptor if the incoming rocket can potentially attack a populated or an important area. The interceptors are used to detonate the incoming rocket in the air, making it to explode in the sky.

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