Israel is taking its missile defense to a new level.
Last week, the country’s military gave us a glimpse of its new “Iron Dome of the Sea,” the maritime version of its highly successful Iron Dome missile-defense system.
The land-based Iron Dome system intercepted 700 rockets fired by Hamas in 2014 for a 90% success rate, according to The Wall Street Journal.
A dramatic video released by the Israel Defense Forces shows the system, mounted on an Israeli navy vessel, targeting an incoming missile and blasting it out of the sky.
Meet the Iron Dome of the seas. The Tamir Adir Missile Defense System conducted a successful missile interception! pic.twitter.com/H8nCqcNsKi
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) May 18, 2016
Slow-motion replays of the launch make the footage all the more captivating:
According to The Journal, Israel hopes that the maritime Iron Dome will weaken attacks by Hamas or Hezbollah on the country’s two gas rigs 20 miles off shore.
The artillery unit is designed for use on a moving ship traveling up to cruise speed, according to The Times of Israel.