Israel turns down British anti-rocket system

Tuesday, June 05, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Israel has for years refused to take advantage of the opportunity to procure a British-made anti-rocket system that could defend besieged communities in its southern Negev region from ongoing Palestinian artillery attacks.

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post this week, Uzi Rubin, a former director of Israel's governmental missile defense agency, said he was perplexed by the fact that Israel has chosen to not purchase the system and instead pour all its money into a homegrown anti-rocket system that will not be ready for another four years.

The Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar, or C-RAM system has been used by American and British troops in Iraq for the past year with great success. It is able to lock on to incoming enemy rockets and mortar shells and destroy them in a hail of rapid cannon fire.

Rubin said that Israel should continue development of its own “Iron Dome” system, but also immediately purchase systems such as the C-RAM, which can today provide such hard-hit towns as Sderot with much needed protection. According to Rubin, four C-RAMs - which would cost a total of $60 million - could effectively defend Sderot.

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