Israel’s newest wonder weapon, David’s Sling, is air defense system that can shoot down missiles over ENEMY territory
“Revolutionary” new air defense system, designed to shoot down guided threats, will become operational at start of 2016.
The Defense Ministry and the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency completed on Monday the last phase of trials for the David’s Sling air defense system. The Israel Air Force is expected to take possession of the system in the first quarter of 2016.
The trials took place in southern Israel and were led by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, which is developing David’s Sling, together with the US defense company Raytheon.
David’s Sling can intercept short-range to medium-range rockets and ballistic missiles, including guided projectiles, cruise missiles, aircraft and drones. Its range of coverage means it can destroy incoming threats over enemy territory, away from Israeli skies.
“In trials, the system’s capabilities were tested in a number of scenarios that simulate the threats it was designed to deal with,” the Defense Ministry said. Target missiles were fired, which were detected by a multi-mission radar that transmitted the coordinates to a fire-control center, which fired David’s Sling interceptors.
“The missiles were successfully fired, and carried out all of the flight stages, destroying the targets as planned,” the Defense Ministry said.
Yair Ramati, director of the Israel Missile Defense Organization, said multiple mock targets were hit in the trial. The successful trials will “enable us to go to the next stage of development.
This weapons system is ripe and ready. The result is excellent. We have an efficient, fast, deadly missile,” he added.
Shlomo S. (full name withheld), head of the David’s Sling program at Rafael, added, “This is the first time technology of this kind has been used.
It is on the verge of science fiction.”
The officials added that a core unit from the air defense branch of the IAF is being trained to use the system, and took part in the latest trial.
“The emphasis is on guided, maneuvering threats carrying dozens of kilograms of warheads, which are highly destructive,” Shlomo said.
The system has entered the production
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