How Iran's drone and missile attacks were countered by Israel's multi-layered air defense system

Israel's air defense system, comprising technologies like The Arrow, Iron Dome, and Iron Beam, alongside support from the US and UK, successfully thwarted significant damage when Iran launched a barrage of drones and missiles. This onslaught posed the latest test to Israel's defense infrastructure, which has been actively countering rocket, drone, and missile threats throughout the ongoing conflict with Hamas over the past six months.

The Arrow system, developed in collaboration with the US, is tailored to intercept long-range missiles, including the ballistic missiles reportedly launched by Iran. Operating beyond the atmosphere, it has previously been employed to neutralize long-range missile threats from Houthi militants in Yemen.

David’s Sling, another joint venture with the US, is designed to intercept medium-range missiles, such as those wielded by Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The Patriot, an American-made system, serves as the cornerstone of Israel's missile defense apparatus. Originally deployed during the First Gulf War in 1991 to counter Scud missiles from Iraq, it has since been repurposed to defend against aircraft and drones.

The Iron Dome, developed in collaboration with the US, specializes in neutralizing short-range rockets. With a success rate exceeding 90%, it has effectively intercepted thousands of rockets, including during the ongoing conflicts with Hamas and Hezbollah.

Israel is also advancing its defense capabilities with Iron Beam, a laser-based interception system currently under development. Once operational, it is expected to significantly reduce operational costs compared to existing systems, although it is not yet deployed for active duty.

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