Israel has successfully tested its ‘C-Dome’ naval defence system.

The naval version of the Iron Dome defence system was operated from one of Israeli corvette warships that protect the coastline and natural gas assets in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Israel Missile Defence Organisation, IDF and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems completed the live-fire tests consisting of advanced threat scenarios including rockets, cruise missiles and UAVs. 

The advanced detection system simulated incoming threats including rocket fire, cruise missiles and UAVs. 

‘C-Dome’ is part of Israel’s multi-tier missile defence options including Arrow and David’s Sling systems. 

Development of ‘C-Dome’ was led by the IMDO in Israel’s Ministry of Defence.

Defence Minister Benny Gantz welcomed news of the tests. 

“The systems enable us to operate against Iranian proxies in the region and defend against their weapon systems, which are constantly being upgraded,” he said. “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.”

Brig. Gen. (Res.) Dr. Danny Gold, Head of Israel Ministry of Defence R & D, commented, “The success of this test constitutes a significant technological breakthrough in the field of missile defence.”

Moshe Patel, Director of the IMDO, added hailed a “historic milestone” for the Iron Dome defence system.

“The system successfully intercepted the threats with surgical precision,” he said. “The success of today’s tests further strengthens our confidence in our missile defence systems as well as the ability of the Israeli Navy to defend the maritime assets of the State of Israel.”

The test ends adaption of the Iron Dome to naval platforms according to the Ministry and IDF. 

Dr. Ran Gozali, Rafael executive vice president, noted, “The tests demonstrated Rafael’s advanced engineering and development capabilities as well as the capability to successfully integrate complex systems.”