November 30, 2021 7:00 pm
Jerusalem tests massive inflatable missile detection system…

Jerusalem tests massive inflatable missile detection system…

JERUSALEM — Israel announced Wednesday that it had begun testing an inflatable missile detection system capable of hovering at high altitudes to detect long-range threats.

Israel already has a number of sophisticated missile defenses that were successfully used during the 11-day Gaza War this year.

The High Availability Aerostat system looks like a giant blimp. According to the Defense Ministry, it is one of the largest systems of its type in the world. It was jointly developed with TCOM, an American aerostat manufacturer, and a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries. Israel is taking steps to counter threats from Iran, Hezbollah, and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers. All of these groups have large rocket arsenals that can hit major cities. Israel has been aggressive in recent years.

Hamas launched rockets at Tel Aviv during the Gaza war to overthrow Israel’s Iron Dome defense systems. However, Israeli officials claim that it destroyed around 90% the projectiles it was targeting.

Israel launched hundreds of airstrikes against militant targets. According to the United Nations, more than 250 Palestinians were killed in the fighting, which also included 129 civilians. 13 were killed on the Israeli side.