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David’s Sling defence system passes final test

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A 2012 test of the David's Sling missile defense system WIKI COMMONS PHOTO
A 2012 test of the David's Sling missile defense system WIKI COMMONS PHOTO

Israel’s David’s Sling missile defence system passed its final test and will become operational in 2016, the Defence Ministry announced Monday.

David’s Sling is designed to intercept medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles fired from ranges of 40 kilometres to 300 kilometres.

The advanced interceptor is part of Israel’s four-tiered air defence, which also includes the Iron Dome system, which intercepts and destroys short-range rockets and artillery shells, the Arrow 2 short- and medium-range ballistic missile interceptor, and the Arrow 3 long-range missile defence system, which is now entering the last leg of its development.

The Defence Ministry said the last series of trials tested David’s Sling’s ability to intercept a wide range of threats. In the tests, the system detected, intercepted and destroyed several types of projectiles. While the number of missiles was not disclosed, a defence source said the system recognized various clusters, including missiles carrying warheads that could potentially carry hundreds of pounds of explosives.

David’s Sling is being developed and manufactured as a joint venture of Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems and U.S. Missile Defence Agency contractor Raytheon Co.

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