Israel tests Iron Dome missile interceptor system from navy ship to protect offshore assets

19 May 2016 (Last Updated May 19th, 2016 18:30)

Israel has tested Iron Dome, a maritime missile interception system intended to safeguard its offshore oil and gas platforms, from the deck of a navy ship.

Israel has tested Iron Dome, a maritime missile interception system intended to safeguard its offshore oil and gas platforms, from the deck of a navy ship.

Two weeks ago, this system passed a live test, wherein several short-range ballistic missiles that were launched from a moving boat were shot down.

In the last ten years, Israel has bolstered its naval defenses, after natural gas deposits were discovered off the Mediterranean coast, reported Reuters.

"Iron Dome can intercept and shoot down around 90% of short-range rockets fired from Palestine."

Iron Dome can intercept and shoot down around 90% of short-range rockets fired from Palestine.

During the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, and several other militant groups of Palestine, Israel deployed the system to shoot down rockets, however it could only be deployed on land.

After making several changes to the software and algorithm, the system has been adapted to cater to the navy's requirements.

Israel has several major natural gas deposits around 16 nautical miles from Gaza.

Earlier, Hamas made an unsuccessful attempt to attack the rig. The rig caters to the energy requirements of Israel and therefore any attack on it could be damaging to the country's economy.