ISRAEL, U.S. TEST DAVID’S SLING
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.”