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The Pen­tagon an­nounced Wed­nes­day that it took part in a suc­cess­ful test of a new Is­raeli mis­sile and rocket de­fense sys­tem called David’s Sling.

The test was car­ried out jointly by the Is­rael Mis­sile De­fense Or­ga­ni­za­tion and the Pen­tagon’s Mis­sile De­fense Agency at an un­spec­i­fied lo­ca­tion in Is­rael.

The Mis­sile De­fense Agency said in a state­ment that the se­ries of tests was car­ried out re­cently and “threat-rep­re­sen­ta­tive tar­gets were suc­cess­fully in­ter­cepted by the David’s Sling Weapon Sys­tem, achiev­ing all test ob­jec­tives.”

Is­raeli press re­ports said the an­timis­sile test was car­ried out this week in cen­tral Is­rael. In one test, a Stun­ner ground-based anti-mis­sile in­ter­cep­tor was fired against an air-launched sim­u­lated Spar­row mis­sile and suc­cess­fully de­stroyed it, ac­cord­ing to a video shown on the Jerusalem Post web­site. It was the third se­ries of tests in­volv­ing the Stun­ner mis­sile in­ter­cep­tor.

David’s Sling, named af­ter the weapon used by the Bi­ble’s David who slew Go­liath, was to be de­ployed this year as part of mis­sile de­fenses that also in­clude the Iron Dome sys­tem.

The Jewish state plans to aug­ment Iron Dome with David’s Sling against some of the es­ti­mated 10,000 rock­ets be­lieved to be in the hands of Gaza mil­i­tants. The de­fenses also could be used against Ira­nian mis­siles and Le­banese Hezbol­lah mis­sile threats.

David’s Sling also will re­place Is­rael’s bat­ter­ies of Pa­triot and Hawk anti-air­craft mis­siles.

“The in­for­ma­tion col­lected is be­ing an­a­lyzed by pro­gram en­gi­neers and will be used for on­go­ing devel­op­ment and field­ing of the David’s Sling Weapon Sys­tem,” the state­ment said.

The weapon is be­ing built by the Is­raeli de­fense con­trac­tor Rafael, along with U.S. con­trac­tor Raytheon.

“The David’s Sling Weapon Sys­tem is de­signed as the mid­dle tier of de­fense against mis­siles and rock­ets, and will im­prove the ac­tive de­fense ar­chi­tec­ture of the state of Is­rael against bal­lis­tic mis­sile threats,” the Mis­sile De­fense Agency said. “This test se­ries is a ma­jor mile­stone in the devel­op­ment of the David’s Sling Weapon and pro­vides con­fi­dence in fu­ture Is­raeli ca­pa­bil­i­ties to de­fend against the de­vel­op­ing threat.”

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