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Israel and U.S. test David's Sling system
David's Sling test firing. © MDA

Israel and U.S. test David's Sling system

The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully completed a test series of the David's Sling Weapons System, part of Israel's multi-tiered antimissile array. The system is a cooperative effort between the United States and Israel to defend against large caliber rockets and short-range ballistic missiles.

The announcement comes just days after Israel deployed its first operational upper-tier Arrow-3 interceptors.

The prime contractor for the David's Sling system is Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., with Raytheon Missile Systems as a sub-contractor. The Multi-Mission Radar (MMR) is developed by Elta, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries. The Battle Management Centre (BMC), known as the Golden Almond, is developed by Elisra, an Elbit subsidiary.

The 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 MMR detected the target after launch and transferred flight information to the BMC, which calculated the defence plan. The Israeli MoD declared that the interceptors were successfully launched, performed all flight phases and engaged the targets as planned.

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