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Posted by Kojack 2012-03-11 06:49||
#2 still way too expensive. While C-RAM is apparently insufficient for the task, the laser version might do the trick, saving Iron Dome for the big stuff.
The Germans hold the copyright, and would likely be willing to sell it to the Israelis.
Posted by Anonymoose 2012-03-11 11:49||
#3 The next thing this should do is calculate the launch point and initiate immediate counter-battery fire. Do it so quickly that the rounds hit before the launch team can shoot and scoot.
Posted by Rambler in Virginia 2012-03-11 13:56||
#4 The problem is that shooting down a $100 missile with two $50,000 missiles can eventually lead to bankrupting the defender.
Posted by crosspatch 2012-03-11 16:10||
#5 Personally I think they should take the cost out of the aid the Palieo's get.
Posted by CrazyFool 2012-03-11 18:07||
#6 I would rather like to see a "counter battery" system where as soon as the missile launch is detected, a return missile is launched in the general direction of the launch location.
The inbound missile's trajectory is calculated back to its origination point and this location is loaded in the return missile while it is in flight. You should be able to put return fire on the originating locations within seconds of firing a missile at Israel.
If the return missile never gets a good target load, it self-destructs.
The point is to make the shooter pay a consequence for their action. With Iron Dome as it is today, the shooter wins with every round they fire. They do $100,000 worth of "damage" to the economy of Israel for every $100 they spend with no direct consequence to themselves.
27 rockets intercepted over the weekend means the Gazoos spent $2.7 thousand and Israel $2.7 million. A few more "successes" like that for Israel and the country goes broke.
Posted by crosspatch 2012-03-11 19:06||
#7 X-patch's calculations leave out two important things:
1) the cost of damage that paleo-rockets would do if they were NOT intercepted. I would also factor in the cost of induced terror from a successful missile strike.
2) the Paleos have recently upgunned and are launching heavier, more effective ordinance than their previous pitiful but still annoying bottle rockets.
Terror has always been a cheap way to wage unconventional war, but it is not without it's own unique costs as a glance at the Gaza-related topics here at the Burg shows. CIA World Factbook puts the Israeli economy at 235 billion. I suspect the Paleos will run out of Gaza before the Israelis run out of money.
Posted by SteveS 2012-03-11 20:32||
#8 As these rockets are unguided, any damage they might do is pretty much random. They can only fire a missile in the general direction of a town, they can't target a specific building. MOST of them do very little if any actual damage and what is done is MOSTLY superficial cosmetic damage costing much less than $50,000 to repair.
It is a political / psychological thing. It makes the political leadership appear to be "doing something" about it. But what they are doing about it really means that the missiles will keep up forever.
What I would rather see is Israel announce that for every missing that flies from Gazoo, 100 of the same type ... cheap unguided rockets hitting pretty much at random ... will fly back.
27 rockets at Israel, 2700 rockets back.
Announce the policy in advance, don't do it in secret. Once they have to pay in spades for what they dish out, it will probably stop after only a few such return volleys. Return fire should happen in seconds of the launch of a rocket from Gazoo. People should get a clear realization that a rocket going out is going to result in a hundred coming in.
Right now the terrorists in Gaza and the population that supports them pay no consequence for their actions. Israel takes out some high level commander so some organization pays some kind of price, but the people of Gaza don't pay the sort of price the people if Israel do.
Posted by crosspatch 2012-03-11 22:54||