Israëls luchtverdediging infographic
Graphic shows main elements of Israel’s air defence system.


Israëls luchtverdediging

By Duncan Mil

April 15, 2024 - Air defence systems intercepted the vast majority of over 300 missiles and drones fired at Israel from Iran, with Israeli media estimating the cost of the interception at up to $1.35 billion.

The daily Yedioth Ahronoth quoted Brig. Gen. Ram Aminach, the former financial advisor to the Israeli chief of staff, who said, “The cost of defence last night was estimated at between 4-5 billion shekels ($1.08-$1.35 billion).”

“I am only talking about interception to what the Iranians launched and not injuries that were marginal this time,” he said.

“One ‘Arrow’ missile used to intercept an Iranian ballistic missile costs $3.5 million, while the cost of one ‘Magic Wand’ missile is $1 million, in addition to the sorties of aircraft that participated in intercepting the Iranian drones,” Aminach said.

Magic Wand is an alternative name for David” s Sling.

Earlier on Sunday, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted the Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari as saying that Ira launched about 350 missiles and drones at Israel.

Hagari confirmed that damage had occurred at the Nevatim air base in Beersheba while “99 per cent of the threats against Israel were intercepted.”

Iran conducted the attack against Israel in retaliation for an April 1 airstrike that killed seven members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, including two top generals at the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria.

PUBLISHED: 15/04/2024; STORY: Graphic News