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#1 The guy does not know what he is talking about.
Iron Dome is overrated. Each interception costs around $100,000 as it fires two rockets each about $50,000. So that is $100,000 a missile while a Qassam rocket costs about $150 to produce, an Iranian missile, I am not sure but nothing like these costs. Plus each battery costs about $500,000 and only covers a small area so you need a lot of them.
Recently, they fired at Be'er Sheva a volley of seven rockets almost simultaneously. Seven rockets costed Hamas maybe a $1,000. Six that Iron Dome shot down costed $600,000 to shoot down. The one got through killed one Israeli, wounded eight and caused several hundred thousand dollars in property damage.
It should be mentioned here that Hezbullah has much better technology and that iron dome does not work within seven kilometres from the border, so there are plenty of targets it cannot help.
It is no miracle weapon.
Posted by BernardZ 2012-03-12 06:51||
#2 What's a life worth?
What's the public perception that the government is doing something to protect people, and therefore people should stand in there, worth?
Though I do look forward to 'Silver Dome', in which the Israeli interceptor gently guides the Grad rocket back to its starting point.
Posted by Steve White 2012-03-12 07:37||
#3 Skyguard was the right decision not Iron Dome
Posted by BernardZ 2012-03-12 08:02||
#4 Bernard is absolutely right.
The Iron Dome is a stupid result of an internal
fight between Israerl weapons Developing conglomerates for the R&d and production moneys and lucrative jobs for personnel.
It is not possible to sustain the cost balance of this system for long.
The real solution is to put 12 batteries of 155mm Howitzers and fire 1000 shells indiscriminately at Gazan civil population for each rocket fired into Israel.
It is a cheap solution that will guarantee that after a few hundred gazooans dye there would bwe a deadly silence on the gazoo border.
The only real problem is that Israeli leaders are cowards that are afraid of "international laws" being dumped on their heads by the Euro-Eunuchs.
You cannot establish fear on the other side without proper retaliation.
Defense only will not help, Surgical hits of ammo depots will not help, only the death of 90% the Hamas leadership will be a proper hint that a cese fire should be quickly declared.
Posted by Elder of Zion 2012-03-12 08:45||
#5 Iron Dome buys time. That's that all Israeli governments been doing since 1948---buying time. Time until Eurabia collapses.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2012-03-12 09:18||
#6 Or time until the rest of the world becomes willing to look the other way while the Arabs get obliterated. It's starting to get there. Might see it in our lifetimes.
Posted by Charles 2012-03-12 11:20||
#7 How much does it cost to shell the Gazoo Strip into rubble? Then send in the D9's and scrape it into piles!
Posted by Gerthudion Sproing9775 2012-03-12 11:49||
#8 Same thing, Charles.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2012-03-12 12:28||
#9 Skyguard was the right decision not Iron Dome
Do you mean the radar-guided 35mm gun system?
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2012-03-12 12:43||
#10 A 9mm round costs about $0.50 and bulletproof vest costs about $500.00. That's a 1000:1 cost ratio which is even worse than $100,000/$150 (667:1).
Bulletproof vests are therefore overrated and we need to stop purchasing them.
Unless you think a police officer's life is worth more than $500.
Me thinks your cost analysis is flawed.
Posted by Deadeye Sinatra9606 2012-03-12 16:11||
#11 Deadeye has it right. This is a useful military system that changes the terms of the battle between the paleos and Israel.
Being able to shoot these things down will change the game. The paleos have spent years amassing a vast quantity of their cheapo rockets, and a small inventory of good ones, which cost quite a bit.
So by reliably shooting these things down, they are causing a strategic rethink about how to engage with the Israelis.
Further, it shows that Israel is capable, creative and dangerous. As a result the paleos will be demoralized and the Iranians afraid.
Posted by rammer 2012-03-12 18:35||
#12 I wasn't talking about doing nothing.
I was talking about being able to shoot the damn things down with guns.
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2012-03-12 22:34||