Saturday, December 01, 2012

The Israeli Paper Dome system

""Initially, I drank the Kool-Aid on Iron Dome, just as initially I did with the Patriots," said Theodore Postol, a physicist and missile-defence expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was Prof. Postol who, during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, debunked Pentagon claims that its Patriot anti-missile system was successfully shooting down Iraqi Scud missiles. "I'm skeptical. I suspect it is not working as well as the Israelis are saying ... but there is great value in the strategic deception" in claiming very high success rates, Prof. Postol said in an interview. Although hard evidence is scanty, he pointed to the absence of secondary blasts – indicating the interceptor warhead exploded but did not ignite the incoming missile – and, more importantly, the lack of damage evident on missile carcasses recovered in Israel and filmed by the media." (thanks Regan)