The head of the Defense Ministry’s Missile Defense Organization, which oversaw the development of all of Israel’s missile and rocket defense shields, is leaving his post after classified information was found on his personal computer.
The dramatic development occurred after Yair Ramati served as head of the MDO, known in Hebrew as the Homa Administration, for four years, managing and developing the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow 2, and Arrow 3 groundbreaking air defense systems.
Ramati also oversaw a series of successful trials of interception systems in recent years, in what the Defense Ministry described as “unusual achievements, on a world scale, for the active, multi-layered missile defenses.”
The Ministry said in a statement that “recently, a severe lapse in information security was discovered, which meant that Ramati could no longer continue to carry out his role in the Defense Ministry. The issue will be dealt with by the authorized elements.”
It added that Ramati had achieved a great deal on behalf of national security, and wished him much success in his future path.
Just last week, Ramati oversaw the successful trial of the David’s Sling system, designed to shoot down short and medium-range projectiles.
“This weapons system is ripe and ready. The result is excellent. We have an efficient, fast, deadly missile,” he added.