C-DOME Naval Iron Dome System

According to information published by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. on November 17, 2022, the Israeli company with the Israeli Navy, and the Israel Ministry of Defense IMDO completed an advanced interception test of the C-DOME Naval Iron Dome System.
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Surface-to-air missile launching from Sa’ar 6 class corvette INS Oz. (Picture source: Rafael)

The C-DOME is an advanced naval configuration of RAFAEL’s IRON DOME aerial defense system and is operated from the Missile Ship (INS) ‘Oz’ from the Sa’ar 6 ‘Magen’ Class Corvette.

As part of the interception test, the system was installed on the INS ‘Oz’ corvette, the second of four advanced missile corvettes received by the Israeli Navy in the last two years. Operationalizing the system constitutes a significant milestone in enhancing the capabilities of the corvettes.

The test simulated real threats and included the system’s successful detection and interception of targets in challenging scenarios. The C-DOME System constitutes a significant addition to the Israeli Navy’s defense capabilities in a wide array of missions, including the guarding of strategic assets, the Exclusive Economic Zone, and maintaining the regional maritime superiority of the State of Israel.

The test’s success is a product of the joint technological and engineering efforts of the Israeli Navy, the Ministry of Defense Directorate for Defense R&D (DDR&D), Rafael Advanced Defense Systems as the prime contractor and developer, the Israel Aerospace Industries’ Elta as the radar manufacturer, and mPrest as the C2 manufacturer.

The operational system was created through the integration of multiple different systems, utilizing full operational capabilities that will be used by the female and male sailors of the Israeli Navy.

The C-DOME constitutes an additional layer of the State of Israel’s multi-tiered missile and air defense array, based on four operational defense tiers: IRON DOME, DAVID’S SLING, Arrow 2, and Arrow 3. The Israel Ministry of Defense Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) within the DDR&D led the systems’ development.

About the INS Oz

INS Oz is a Sa’ar 6-class corvette of the Israeli Navy. She is the second ship of her class. She was launched on 24 August 2019 at German Naval Yards and ThyssenKrupp in Kiel. She was handed over to Israeli Navy on 4 May 2021.

The Sa’ar 6-class corvettes’ design will be loosely based on the German Braunschweig-class corvette, but with engineering changes to accommodate Israeli-built sensors and missiles such as the Barak 8 and the naval Iron Dome system. 

The Sa’ar 6-class vessels have a displacement of almost 1,900 tons at full load and is 90 m (295 ft 3 in) long. They are armed with an Oto Melara 76 mm main gun, two Typhoon Weapon Stations, 32 vertical launch cells for Barak-8 surface-to-air missiles, 40 cells for the C-Dome point defense system, 16 anti-ship missiles Gabriel V, the EL/M-2248 MF-STAR AESA radar, and two 324 mm (12.8 in) torpedo launchers. They have hangar space and a platform able to accommodate a medium class SH-60-type helicopter.

Published by Ernest I.

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