Ukraine plans to use Israeli alert system to avoid Russian attacks

The system will allow more precisely tailored messages to sound the alarm.


Ukraine’s ambassador to Israel said on Thursday that an Israeli-designed missile detection system that would give Ukrainians more time to seek shelter from Russian missile attacks is being tested in Kiev and could be activated within two months.

Israel, which has been honing its own air defenses since coming under an Iraqi Scud salvo in the 1991 Gulf War, agreed last year to share technologies with Ukraine even though it rejected Kiev’s arms requests. Prohibited from completing

One of those requests was for the Iron Dome, a short-range interceptor that Israel regularly uses to shoot down rockets fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza.

Israeli officials have not provided details on the identification system being developed for Ukrainians, in keeping with their government’s efforts to maintain good relations with Moscow.

Ambassador Yevgen Kornychuk said the system, equipped with data from Ukraine’s radar, is now being tested in the capital.

“It allows it to identify various objects, including ballistic missiles, and calculate where they will go and basically it allows us to shut down parts of the country rather than the whole country,” he told Reuters in an interview with Air France. Referring to the Shelter Order, he said. being released during the attack.

He said that when complete, the system would warn residents of areas likely to be attacked by Russian missiles or drones, either by sounding a nearby siren or with alerts on cellphones.

The system will deliver a more precisely tailored message that will sound an alarm in different neighborhoods under threat. “This will allow us to close Kiev regionally,” Kornychuk said.

“Some residents will be told on their phones what time it is for them to go to their shelter, while in other parts of Kiev people will be able to sit and drink coffee.

“What I know from our experts is that they have already started work and I expect that, according to our internal schedule, it will take a month or two to get it working in Kiev,” he said, adding five other Adding cities will follow.

The account tracks with the missile detection system used in Israel, which divides the country into about 1,700 zones, according to one official, with Tel Aviv and Jerusalem divided into four or five zones.

Alerts on cellphones, automatic loudspeakers and websites give “shelter time” according to the source of the launch, according to the distance to the target, the official said. The shortest is 15 seconds, the longest three minutes.

The alerts appear on the cellphones of Israelis who download the relevant military apps – but only if they are in the area of ​​influence. The app does not otherwise track users’ cellphones and is only activated when they are in the sphere of influence.

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