Angelo Codevilla responds: Guided rockets are still vulnerable to Iron Dome
It is by no means clear what the”senior Defense Ministry official” is saying about the new guidance systems for Hezbollah rockets. Greater accuracy is one thing. These days, it is very easy to endow ballistic missiles with great accuracy. This would make Hezbollah’s rockets much more efficient. But it would not make them less vulnerable to Iron Dome-type interception. Maneuvering rockets are something very different. Maneuvering re-entry vehicles for long range ballistic missiles have existed for decades but have been largely abandoned for lack of usefulness. Endowing things like artillery rockets with the capacity to “squirrel about” in the atmosphere, modifying basically ballistic trajectories and still hit precise targets would be prohibitively expensive. It is highly unlikely that the IDF is talking about such things.
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