Israel's Newest Missile Defense System: David's Sling Weapon System

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Israel's Newest Missile Defense System: David's Sling Weapon System

The Israel Missile Defense Organization of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency successfully completed a test series of the David’s Sling Weapons System.

David’s Sling (Hebrew: קלע דוד‎, translit. Kelah Da’vid‎), also formerly known as Magic Wand (Hebrew: שרביט קסמים‎, translit. Sharvit Ksamim‎) is a missile defense system that is a central part of Israel’s multi-layer anti-missile array.

This test series, designated David’s Sling Test-5 (DST-5) was the fifth series of tests of the David’s Sling Weapon System. This test series was conducted at Yanat Sea Range, operated out of Palmachim Air Base, Israel.

The test examined capabilities and performance of the entire David’s Sling Weapon System. Threat-representative targets were launched and successfully intercepted by Stunner missiles. The Multi-Mission Radar (MMR) detected the target after launch and transferred flight information to the Battle Management Center (BMC), which calculated the defense plan. The interceptors were successfully launched, performed all flight phases and engaged the targets as planned. Preliminary analysis indicates that test objectives were successfully achieved.

The David’s Sling Weapon System project is a cooperative effort between the United States and Israel to develop a defense against large caliber rockets and short-range ballistic missiles.

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Credits: Heather Heard | Missile Defense Agency

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