Israel has rejected a Raytheon Company laser-guided missile designed to intercept short-range rockets, such as the Kassam. Defense Ministry Director General Pinchas Buchris flew to the United States last week to evaluate the system, which originally was dubbed the Nautilus and now is called the Skyguard.
Both Raytheon's system and the Israel-designed Iron Dome system will not be operational until 2010, but Buchris said the American system is too unreliable. "It there would be [an] illusion for Sderot residents that it provides a response," he said. Furthermore, "We would create a situation where Hamas felt it had scored an achievement in that ... we have no way of coping with the Kassams."
The Iron Dome's major drawback is that it operates only at a very short-range.