Ukrainian city Mariupol shows interest in Israel’s Iron Dome
Deputy Mayor of Mariupol, Sergei Zakharov said that all the necessary security measures must be taken so the airport could be reopened. He mentioned Israel’s Iron Dome. “For security, the Israelis use the Iron Dome tactical defence system. We can adopt this practice,” Zakharov was quoted as saying by topcor.ru.
According to the deputy mayor, the cost of the system is Euros 50 million - that is the price of one Iron Dome battery capable of covering 150 square kilometres of territory from enemy missiles. “For example, the experience of Israel is very well-known,” Zakharov explains the initiative of the city authorities. “Flights are allowed there, even though the airport is eight kilometres from the buffer zone. The Iron Dome tactical air defence system is used for safety. We can adopt this practice. We already have progressed in this area, and we are aware of the steps that need to be taken.” A delegation of Israeli experts will arrive in Mariupol at the end of June to have a more substantive discussion.
The decision of the authorities is connected with the launch of the airport. Currently, the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and international communities consider flights to Mariupol unsafe since the city is located only 40 km from the contact line. In comparison, 160 km is considered an acceptable distance.
The Israeli tactical missile defence system “Iron Dome”, designed to protect against unguided tactical missiles with a range of 4 km to 70 km, can protect an area of 150 square km.
Despite the efforts of local authorities, The Mariupol Airport air space may remain unsafe for international passenger flights. It is unknown whether Russia backed separatists have surface-to-air missiles in their possession to pose threats to air platforms.