Eric pointed out:
>Rocket-launched munitions tend to be rather slow moving right after
>firing, compared to ballistic projectiles that have their maximum
>speed at the muzzle.
>It occurs to me that it ought to be possible to intercept and
>destroy them before they reach their random civilian "targets" in
>southern Israel. Certainly it would be a far simpler task than that
>failed by the fraudulent Patriot devices.
>Anyone up on the current status of this technology?
Three decades ago a radar-based system called (if I recall
aright) FADAC could trace the source of a mortar bomb. The claim was
that just one bomb from a given mortar site was enough for this
system to locate the mortar with good accuracy, enabling what the
artillery bods call 'counterbattery work'. The mortar team was thus
forced to shift after each round - and pronto. I suppose the
counterattack used a mortar too.
Mortars have been alleged by Israeli complainants recently,
not just rockets. If anything, the trajectory of rocket will be
easier to track than that of a mortar bomb.
So, either FADAC was a con - as I always felt the Patriot
must be - or the Israelis are refraining from using it; or they
have indeed been using it, as well as F16-launched 'smart' bombs.