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Defense system protects Israeli tanks

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March 2, 2011 | 10:15 am

An armor defense system for Israeli tanks successfully thwarted a missile attack on Israel’s border with Gaza, Israel’s military said.

The Windbreaker system on Tuesday identified, alerted and intercepted an anti-tank missile fired from southern Gaza on an Israeli army patrol in the western Negev near the Gaza border, the Israel Defense Forces said.

The soldiers returned fire shortly after the attack, according to the IDF.

The system, placed in tanks on the Gaza border two months ago, uses sensors and radar to identify incoming missiles, and fires its own missiles to intercept and neutralize the attacking missile.

Several terrorist groups in Gaza reportedly possess anti-tank missiles.

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