C-Dome Completes First Interceptions from Israeli Navy Sa’ar 6 Corvettes

During live-fire tests, the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems C-Dome system successfully intercepted advanced threats, including rockets, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles By DA Reporter / 28 Feb 2022
Sa'ar Corvette

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) have completed a series of live-fire tests of the C-Dome system – an advanced naval configuration of the Iron Dome defense system. 

The C-Dome was operated for the first time aboard the Israeli Naval Ship (INS) Sa’ar 6 Magen corvette against multiple advanced threats. Crew members of the INS Magen led the C-Dome tests.

“I commend the Directorate for Defense R&D (DDR&D), IDF and Rafael for the completion of an unprecedented test,” said Defense Minister, Benny Gantz.The systems that we are developing as part of Israel’s multi-tier missile defense array enable us to operate against Iranian proxies in the region and defend against their weapon systems, which are constantly being upgraded. We continue to be two steps ahead of them and we will continue developing and upgrading our capabilities in order to maintain security superiority in the region and to defend the citizens and assets of the State of Israel.”

The test campaign consisted of a number of scenarios simulating advanced threats, including rockets, cruise missiles and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The ‘C-Dome’ is capable of successfully intercepting such threats. 

This successful live-fire test is an important milestone and demonstrates the operational capability of the Israeli Navy to defend the strategic assets and vital interests of the State of Israel against current and evolving threats. 

The ‘C-Dome’ onboard missile defense system is based on the Iron Dome defense system developed by Rafael, with the command-and-control system developed by mPrest. ‘C-Dome’ interfaces with the Saar 6’s ‘Adir’ radar, developed by IAI’s ELTA division. It joins other advanced systems that make up Israel’s multi-tier missile defense array, including the Arrow and David’s Sling systems. Development of ‘C-Dome’ was led by the IMDO in Israel’s Ministry of Defense.

“The success of this test constitutes a significant technological breakthrough in the field of missile defense, and is the result of the Directorate’s vision and cooperation with the IDF and Israeli defense industries,” said Head of the Directorate for Defense R&D in the Israel Ministry of Defense, Brig. Gen. (Res.) Dr. Danny Gold. 

“Today we mark another historic milestone for the Iron Dome defense system – the completion of a series of successful offshore tests of the missile defense system onboard a naval vessel,” said Director of the Israel Missile Defense Organization, Moshe Patel. “The advanced detection system accurately identified various threats including rocket fire, cruise missiles and UAVs. The system successfully intercepted the threats with surgical precision. The success of today’s tests further strengthens our confidence in our missile defense systems as well as the ability of the Israeli Navy to defend the maritime assets of the State of Israel.”

“Rafael is proud to announce the completion of a successful series of tests of the naval configuration of the Iron Dome,” said Ran Tavor, the Head of Rafael’s Naval Warfare Systems Directorate. “This test marks the end of a process to develop and adapt the Iron Dome to naval platforms, according to the requirements outlined by the DDR&D and the IDF. The tests demonstrated Rafael’s advanced engineering and development capabilities, as well as the capability to successfully integrate complex systems.”

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