When it comes to national air security, Israel doesn't mess around; it has not one but four separate levels of "active defenses" alone. And with the introduction of the new Iron Beam system, Israel now has five different ways to shoot down incoming projectiles.
Israel's short-range Iron Dome is currently complemented by batteries of medium-to-long-range David's Sling (for use against rockets and cruise missiles) and longer range Arrow II ballistic missile interceptors. And the country will soon have the exo-atmospheric Arrow III system online as well. But while the Arrow III will handle nuke-toting ICBMs before they become a threat, Israel is far more likely to incur attacks from very short range rocket and RPG attacks. This is especially true along the country's disputed border settlement region and for forward-operating military installations. And that's where the Iron Beam comes in.