| GEO World|
| Israel tests 'Iron Dome' anti-rocket system|
| Updated at: 0049 PST, Monday, July 07, 2008|
JERUSALEM: Israel has successfully tested a new defence system designed to intercept rockets fired from southern Lebanon and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, foreign radio reported on Sunday.
The "Iron Dome" system is expected to be fully operational within a year and will be able to intercept the military-grade Katyusha rockets used by Lebanon's Hezbollah militia and the cruder Qassam rockets favoured by Hamas.
Citing Israeli security officials, radio said the system would also be effective against mortar fire which has a much smaller window of warning.
Iron Dome is part of a multi-layered defence system aimed at protecting Israel from both short-range missiles fired by militants in Gaza or Lebanon and longer-range missiles in the arsenals of regional foes Iran and Syria.