Although Rafael first launched its i-DOME highly mobile veariant of the IRON DOME air and missile defence system at Eurosatory last year, its appearance at the Paris Air Show last week marked its first at Le Bourget.
i-DOME is a highly mobile, dual mission very short range integrated air defence (VSHORAD) and counter rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) system, integrating the capabilities of IRON DOME onto a single vehicle for protection of motorised or mechanised troops, as well as point air defence of military/industrial/administrative installations. The system effectively protects against aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial systems (UAS), as well as short-to medium-range rockets, mortars and artillery shells.
The system’s integrated configuration enables installation of all required components on a single 6x6 truck chassis with ten IRON DOME interceptors, a radar and a battle management and weapon control (BMC) operating station. The interceptors are placed in sealed, ready-to-launch canisters, with missiles arranged into two five-tube groups on the turret.
The Integrated all-in-one IRON DOME air defence system is effective in all weather conditions, including low clouds, rain, dust storms or fog, and has a reaction time of only a few seconds. The system can simultaneously track and destroy multiple targets, providing robust selective defence. Its ability to discriminate between threats targeting the protected area and those that do not pose harm reduces costs and limits unnecessary interceptor launches.
The new configuration provides quick reaction and high mobility, functioning as a stand-alone system or as another layer and defensive asset in higher-ranking air defence networks, such as Rafael’s own SPYDER system.