Do you know Israel is the only country in the world to practically have a shield protecting it from everything from long-range missile strikes to short-range rocket fires?
No, it is not a Captain America kind of shield but a missile defence system that intercepts all incoming projectiles before they even enter Israel’s territory.
The one that intercepts short-range rockets is called the Iron Dome and it is highly effective.
Some of the world’s major countries have installed something similar to the Iron Dome to protect their important cities from enemy projectile strikes.
They include Washington D.C., Beijing, Paris and London.
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India has a missile defence system but, as of now, New Delhi is almost like the duck in this famous game.
But a recent decision of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre will help build the defence mechanism of the national capital.
It will something like a second layer of defence for the city.
The government has placed two long-range missile-tracking radars — Swordfish, capable of tracking incoming missiles from a range of 800 km — in the national capital region.
It is the first step in the direction of building a nuclear missile defence system.
When completed in 2016, the shield will be able to intercept missiles fired from as far as 5,000 km away, the Economic Times reports. To those who think that this would be a waste of money, allow us to inform you that this defence system is crucial for India because of its ‘no first use’ policy for nuclear weapons — a doctrine that Pakistan doesn’t follow.