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IDF Testing New System to Intercept Mortar Shells

A radar system might stop mortar attacks, but that doesn’t change the truism that “the best defense is a good offense.”
he "Green Rock" system designed to provide an early warning before mortar shells hit their targets.

he "Green Rock" system designed to provide an early warning before mortar shells hit their targets.

The IDF is testing out an Israeli-designed “Green Rock” radar system that can spot the source of mortar fire and allow potential victims to run for cover before they weapons hit their targets.

Israel lost four soldiers on Monday when a Hamas mortar shell slammed into a building near the Gaza border, claiming four more lives and injuring six others.

The Elta subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been working on the system for several years and sped up their deployment for the IDF since the beginning of the Protective Edge war against Hamas.

The operation Color Red early-warning system for Kassam rockets does not track mortar shells, which have a low trajectory. The Green Rock system’s identifying the source of fire not only gives people time to run for cover but also allowed soldiers to return fire and intercept the shell.

The system is mobile and can be used on four-wheel vehicles and armored personnel carriers (APC).

Another system under development to thwart mortar shell attacks is Rafael Advanced Defense System’s Iron Beam, which features a laser ray.

Globes reported that the IDF is using new drones that have provided valuable intelligence to the military during the war.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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27 Responses to “IDF Testing New System to Intercept Mortar Shells”

  1. I am an ultra Orthodox Jew living in Israel and I want to make a few points. First of all for any American that is pro Hamas right now, and if you are pro Gaza then you are pro Hamas, I can still remember the great celebrations by the “innocent” people of Gaza after they heard about the Twin Towers being destroyed. They heard the amount of Americans killed on 9/11 and handed out cookies and shot fireworks. So for anyone in the “Western Society” they wish just as much harm against you as the do Israel. For they, as every other Islamic terrorist group, ultimately wants world domination.
    Second I am a firm believer that Israel, like EVERY other nation, is not perfect. But has anyone ever thought about WHY there are so many casualties in Gaza and so few in Israel. The rockets that are flying into Israel are not a new thing. They have been flying into the southern part of Israel for about nine years now, since Israel kicked its own citizens out of Gaza in order to help “liberate” the Palestinians. It took Israel nine years to finally retaliate and put its foot down. I don’t think that any other country would have waited that long to protect itself. Now the difference between Hamas and the evil Zionists is that Hamas wants a greater death toll in order to get more sympathy for other nations, which they have. There are more than enough tunnels under Gaza to have protected more of their civilians. When Israel warned that they are going to retaliate Hamas told its people to go to the roof tops to die for their cause or to get the Israelis to stop. They have children, 13 year olds and younger firing guns at The IDF now. How do you fight a suicidal society that hates Israel more than they love their own children.
    I wish no ill to any other human. I pray this ends soon so no more children in Gaza must die because of the cause their selfish leaders deem more important than life. Hamas, not the innocent people in Gaza, is a terrorist organization that has been blowing up buses and throwing rockets into Israel for years. Israel is after Hamas, not the Palestinian people, and Hamas wants as many casualties on their side so they gain sympathy which gives them more power.

  2. I love this news! God bless Israel.

  3. Fact Hamas yesterday executed protesters from Gaza, the Arab world is busy hating Jews and he did not want to see the truth

    Fact, Palestinians are scattered from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Algeria, Iraq, Kurdistan, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Sudan
    .
    Fact, Israeli Arabs are part of the great Arab nation and have no own unique national characteristics. This approach also relies on cultural similarity that exists between the Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza Arabs residents of the Kingdom of Transjordan and Arabs in Egypt and other Arab countries

    Fact, Azmi Bishara, a Palestinian, said: “There is no Palestinian nation, has only Arab nation”.

    Fact, Judaism existed over 5000 years more than all another Religion.

    Fact written in the Koran: “Moses said to his people, my people, remember the grace inclined you God establish you prophets and doing you kings, and gives you had not given anyone in the Universe. My people, go to the holy land that wrote you God. Sura 5 20-21 … it is written for you in black and white in the Qur’an then why are you denying the truth that Israel was our lot before the Palestinians came here?

    Fact, we Israelis want peace and condemn all attacks on civilians and certainly not deliberately kill women and children and even take care of them our hospitals, we can not say that on Palestinians were just trying to kill, stab, kidnap and bomb the Israeli

    Fact, Hamas has fired near Shifa Hospital and due to a failure of the missile launching Hamas killing its citizens, so who does not care about innocent people? Only Palestinians

    Fact, we left Gaza a few years ago and instead the Palestinians will use it to develop infrastructure, economic, cultural and education they choose to invest in any area of terrorism and money

    Fact, Hamas, and terrorist organizations are the real problem of the Arab world withdraws the Palestinians, we Israelis solution for better living side by side in mutual development, the real problem that swept through the brain to all the Arab world and

    Fact, in the Arab world were already in government coups in Egypt, Sudan, Libya and soon Syria, if not better then Gaza residents rise up against Hamas and we’ll be the first to help them

    Fact, those who support the kidnapping, murder, stone throwing, stabbings, throwing Molotov cocktails, burning flags and endless more terrible things are Palestinians and Arabs So who’s not human? Israelis want peace but we will not hesitate to eliminate anyone who Restoration us

    Fact, you are all hypocrites and deny one truth, before you speak against us I suggest you visit here for a few days and then see who is human and who behaves like an animal

    Fact, Over Tens of thousands of Syrians have been killed in recent months. But Jews Didn’t Do it, So the Media Doesn’t Care

    Fact written in the Koran: “If you have any doubt regarding what (the Quran) you received you can asked (the people of Israel) who received and studied the book before you.” Why do you hate us if you learn a lot from us?

    Fact, we Israelis want peace and live in peace side by side with Palestinians
    Fact, the Palestinians do not want it their goal to destroy us then their punishment to suffer and live like this

    Fact, the only reason there is a siege on Gaza is because if there is no control they are will put only weapons and not supplies and necessities to Gaza residents

    Fact, once you stop hating and talk peace He also will come but do not want to listen and keep on sending abusive messages will not help the residents of Gaza

    Fact, before you send a message with curses, give a real solution to the situation and not as ordinary messages like Israel is not our country, give a solution where we can live side by side in true peace as all Jews want

    Fact Hamas and other terrorist organizations they are the real enemies of the Arab world, Palestinians and Jews that prevent us from living in peace

  4. Very well said. Far too many people are ignorant about Hamas. They should read their charter. Their ultimate goal seems no different to ISIS. Best wishes!

  5. Eva Perl says:

    any system which stops the enemy is good enough

  6. Israeli ingenuity never ceases to amaze me! G-d bless them.

  7. Cbeta KH says:

    Brilliant people of brilliant nation Israel!!! G-D Bless Israel and its people!!!

  8. God Bless Israel.

  9. God Bless Israel.

  10. Unfortunately they have indoctrinated their children against Israel so sometimes it’s hard to call their women and children innocent

  11. Well said. I am an American. Most Americans stand with Israel. If you hear different it is the Palestine Muslims. Our government does NOT speak for the people. Hamas is a great danger to the whole world as is the Taliban and ISIS. God Bless Israel and the IDF.

  12. Sobriety Jon says:

    Am reminded of a song by Bob Marly..there is a question that i realy love to ask is there any hope for the hopeless man becos there is no hiding place for the father of creation..

  13. Sobriety Jon says:

    D song is western so anti western may be excused

  14. Daisy Mayer says:

    We are the light of the world with our intelligence amd knowledge.

  15. Your intelligence far exceeds any other nation, ISRAEL. God bless you…

  16. Tess Redding says:

    God bless you Israel

  17. Lani Pinay says:

    maybe this new system to intercerpt mortar shell will be successful,this machine will save a million life of a innocent civilians living in Israel,god bless IDF and long live to all….

  18. Here’s hoping it’s effective.

  19. Israel comes up with so many brillant ideas because God gives them the knowledge!! Love you Israel……..

  20. thank you Adonai for great new inventions to help defend Israel!

  21. The applications using modern technology in the advancement of Man-less weapons such as the drone technology and with a few changes made to Iron Dome which can be modified to Man-Less weapons , the study of Tranquilizer Dart rifles and hand guns are an interesting idea to study . And one of my favorites is the Idea to modify tanks with enough computer hardware and cameras to be operated via computer .

  22. John Kennedy says:

    Genius! Hell everything I see that comes out of Israel is genius!

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