(JERUSALEM) -- In response to last week's surge in militant rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, Israel decided to move up its timetable on the deployment of its most advanced anti-missile defense system, called Iron Dome. The first mobile battery unit has been placed near the southern city of Ber Sheba and two more will be deployed in the near future officials say. The first iron dome mobile unit is located on a hill in Ber Sheba because of its propensity to be targeted.
The main unit is connected to a number of missile launch pads and advanced radars in the field. "This is a unique system. There is no other system in the world that shoots missiles against rockets," says Brigadier General Doron Gavish, who oversaw the deployment.
Iron Dome successfully destroyed rockets midair in a series of tests, but officials including the prime minister are lowering expectations. They've said Iron Dome will help, but it's still being tested and it's not fully operational yet.
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