Israel successfully tests ‘David’s Sling’ anti-missile system

Israel successfully tests 'David's Sling' anti-missile system

The Israeli Defense Ministry announced that it has successfully tested David’s Sling anti-missile system, which managed to intercept simulator rockets fired from a high altitude above the Mediterranean.

The Israeli security apparatus reportedly completed an experiment stretching over a number of days of the new David’s Sling system, which is capable of defeating mid-range missiles.

The experiment, that took place on Wednesday, involved numerous precision missiles that were launched from Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-15 jets, after which the anti-missile system fired interceptor rockets upon detection.

The system is developed and manufactured jointly by Israel’s state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and U.S. arms manufacturer, Raytheon.

According to the director of the Ministry of Defense and the head of the project’s designers at Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the experiment was entirely successful, managing to intercept every single simulated target in the air at a high altitude far from the Israeli coastline.

The system is intended to complete Israel’s air defense capabilities, together with the other anti-missile systems which include the Iron Dome short-range interceptor system and the Arrow ballistic missile interceptor, both of which are in service.

David’s Sling has already been transferred to the IAF which is expected to announce that it will be fit for operational use this year.