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The Pen­tagon and the Is­raeli Mis­sile De­fense Or­ga­ni­za­tion con­ducted a suc­cess­ful in­ter­cept test of a new anti-mis­sile sys­tem called David’s Sling.

The new mis­sile de­fense, also known as Magic Wand, is a key el­e­ment that will de­fend against short-range bal­lis­tic mis­siles — such as those be­ing sought by the Le­banese-based ter­ror­ist group Hezbol­lah.

It was the sec­ond suc­cess­ful in­ter­cept of a tar­get mis­sile by the Stun­ner in­ter­cep­tor used in David’s Sling, the Pen­tagon said.

“The suc­cess­ful test is a ma­jor mile­stone in the de­vel­op­ment of the David’s Sling Weapon Sys­tem and pro­vides con­fi­dence in fu­ture Is­raeli ca­pa­bil­i­ties to de­feat the de­vel­op­ing bal­lis­tic mis­sile threat,” the Pen­tagon said.

The test was con­ducted at a tar­get range in south­ern Is­rael where a tar­get mis­sile was launched, tracked by radar and the data fed to a bat­tle-man­age­ment sys­tem that guided the Stun­ner to a high-speed im­pact that de­stroyed the tar­get mis­sile.

Bill Gertz can be con­tacted at @Bil­lGertz.

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