Israel has begun testing of a new missile detection system that is, frankly, very innovative. The detection system, Dew’s long-range radar, will be mounted on an inflatable platform similar to an airship.
Designed as an early warning balloon, the unmanned airship will be grounded and provide Israeli forces with an extended warning of incoming threats such as cruise missiles or armed drones. As a bonus, it should also be able to detect other potential threats from the air, such as aircraft.
The airship will be operated by the Israeli Air Force (IAF), which will be stationed in an unnamed location somewhere in northern Israel.
There is currently little information about the system, but it is clear that the system is still in the testing phase. However, it seems to be very large, judging by the images and videos posted by Israeli official sources.
“The Sky Dew system will be an important component in strengthening the protection of the country’s borders against various threats and will contribute to the possibility of building a more accurate and broader picture of the airspace,” explained Major General Amikam Nurkin. , IAF commander.
Why will HAAS be installed on an airship?
The basic concept is nothing new for Israel, which has often used surveillance balloons to identify and track low-flying threats in the past.
The idea is to provide Israel with a fixed air system that will soar at high altitudes and detect incoming potential long-range threats, such as missiles. This new system will complement Israel’s already impressive, tried and tested missile defense system, which has helped protect it successfully in recent years. An 11-day war in Gaza.
During this war, you will remember, Hamas fired volleys of missiles at Tel Aviv in an attempt to crush Israel’s much-publicized Iron Dome defense system. The system worked great and according to official Israeli sources managed to intercept and destroy somewhere in the area of 90% of all incoming projectiles.
In response, Israel opposed hundreds of air strikes against identified military targets. However, according to the United Nations, the attacks have killed several hundred Palestinians, including more than 120 civilians. About 13 Israeli civilians were killed as part of the conflict.
Called, on The High Availability Balloon System (HAAS), the zeppelin-inspired platform, will be one of the largest of its kind in the world. The system was developed by the Israeli Ministry of Defense with the help of state-owned subsidiaries Israel Aerospace Industries and TCOM and an American balloon manufacturer.
The need for the system comes as part of Israel’s mission to counter potential threats from Iran, the Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon and Gaza’s military rulers Hamas. All of these groups have large arsenals of missiles capable of hitting large cities within Israel’s borders.
The ability of HAAS to stay in the air for long periods of time and in different weather conditions means that this system will offer a very cost-effective means of continuous air monitoring. In addition, it needs very little maintenance once it starts working. Although no official data has been released on how much it has cost so far, it may have been partially funded by the United States government.
In any case, Israel clearly believes that any investment in such a system is worthwhile and will be a valuable asset in its already an impressive air defense network.