Israel’s Iron Dome Cannot Prevent Iranian Launched ICBMs with Nuclear Warheads from Striking Israel

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Simorgh mockup

by Alan Bergstein

Brian Mast, a former U.S. Army sergeant, who recently returned from a voluntary stint in Israel, working with the IDF in support of their efforts to strengthen their fighting capabilities, has come up with these little known facts about the Iron Dome missile defense system we have heard so much about.

His evaluations of this much praised device leave us with the sad conclusion that it has no practicality in preventing Iranian launched ICBM’s with nuclear warheads from striking Israel. We have been led to believe that this was the “end-all” in ground-to-ground missile defense. It is not, as we see from the facts below.

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Iran’s Safir-2 Rocket which has ICBM implications

via Brian Mast

1. Iron Dome may work against very rudimentary technology. The 107 mm rockets being fired from Gaza are little more than large mortars; they go up on a certain trajectory and come down on a certain trajectory and that is triangulated by iron Dome. Iron Dome cannot defend against anything which can maneuver itself.

2. In the case of surface-to-surface ballistic missiles (ICBM style) you are talking about systems that can go from one side of the earth to the other side of earth in 25 to 30 minutes, traveling upwards of Mach 28. Iran to Israel would be at the same speed but much less time. It is simply too fast for Iron Dome,

3. Building a nuke is not the hard part. We are talking about 1940’s technology that a high schooler today could produce. We did not even have to test the first nuclear bomb because we knew it would work.

The technology is in delivery systems and scaling down the size of warheads. MIRV MULTIPLE INDEPENDENTLY TARGETABLE RECOVERY VEHICLES is the technology of one ballistic missile carrying up to 10 separate nuclear warheads. Where, upon re-entry each warhead goes in its own direction. This technology is from the 1960s and again Iron Dome cannot triangulate where each of these 10 warheads would go.

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Editor’s Note: In a video obtained by Israel in January of this year, a new and previously hidden missile and launch site in Iran was at first thought to be capable of sending a rocket into space or launching an ICBM.

While this idea has been said to be a misreading of satellite imagery by outfits such as Janes 360, the same publication said the facility is not yet complete. They also advised that while Iran claims they do not need missiles with a longer range than what they currently have, there are indications that they continue to work on long-range rockets.

Jane’s has seen a surge of activity at the Bid Ganeh missile development facility and Iran has invested significant resources into building a new launch facility near Shahrud that “could test longer-range, solid-fuel missiles”.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., recently made a stunning comment at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Iran.

“The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran,” the Democratic lawmaker said.