Please learn to read. I clearly mentioned even WITHOUT accounting for ID's export potential (whether US, India, South Korea, Singapore, Colombia, etc). That a whole another subject.<quoted text>
Bravo, you read your books and papers. Left out a little detail, most of the cost the Iron Dome was paid (happily) by another foreign country with the promise that if it really works they will be allowed to by them first. That was the deal. Eurika!!! It works!!!
My post was aimed at the many tards & nay-sayers who were all "ooh, Iron Dome is unproven, it's not possible, Tamir costs too much...laser is the way to go, mmkay!!!!"
LOL, when all counted.... ID has aleady saved billion(s) during, what, the 6-7 flare-ups with Gaza since March 2011.
Everything else is gravy at this point. And the system is not even 1/3 deployed and still quite operationally immature. Which means we haven't even seen it at its best! I mean, the legendary Russian S-300 and American Patriot family, they were developed on massive budgets since 1960's and by late 1970's they were already operational, undergoing several upgrades & modificatins in the ensuing decades..... Whereas Iron Dome was a toally unproven concept, then after only 2 years of development --> and it's baptism by fire in 2011! Wow.