New conflict in southern Israel

    On March 1, 2011, military history was made when an antitank missile, which was fired by insurgents towards an Israeli Merkava Mk 4 main battle tank, was actually intercepted and destroyed while in flight.   This armed incident occurred in southern Israel, the hostile missile having been launched from within the Gaza Strip.   This was the first combat use of the Trophy armour defence system, which is designed to intercept and destroy either an incoming antitank missile or an incoming rocket propelled grenade with a shotgun-type blast.   Later on that same month, the Israeli Navy intercepted a civilian cargo ship within the waters of the Meditteranean Sea.   This vessel was found to be holding between two and four Chinese-made C-704 anti-ship missiles, along with a far larger number of 120mm high explosive mortar projectiles.   This destructive ordnance was believed to be destined for an Egyptian port.   From there, it probably would have been transported through underground tunnels leading from the Sinai Peninsula into the Gaza Strip.   After that, it could very well have been used to arm Hamas.   Days after this maritime incident, Israeli air strikes and tank fire hit Hamas insurgent positions and supply tunnels throughout the Gaza Strip.   This military action was in retaliation for repeated mortar and rocket attacks against southern Israel.   Hostile insurgents even launched an antitank missile against an Israeli school bus, the period between March and April 2011 witnessing the heaviest combat here since the Israel-Hamas War ( 2008 – 2009 ).    On April 7, military history was once again made in southern Israel as a 122mm Grad artillery rocket was successfully intercepted and destroyed while in flight.   This was the first combat use of the newly deployed Iron Dome System, which involves the positioning and firing of Tamir surface-to-air missiles.   The Tamir missile is supersonic while in flight towards it’s target, and is designed to intercept and destroy either an incoming artillery projectile or an incoming artillery rocket.   As of this writing, two batteries of Iron Dome defensive missile systems have been deployed near the Gaza Strip.   These comprise small numbers of ground-based large box-type fire units, each one housing twenty Tamir missiles.   The day after the initial incident ( April 8 ), at least three more hostile artillery rockets were successfully intercepted and destroyed while in flight, these also having been launched from within the Gaza Strip.   Note : The Nautilus, which was an experimental ground-based tactical laser designed to destroy artillery rockets in flight, has been scrapped (cancelled).  (Article by Freelance writer B. E. Shibley)

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