is gearing for a critical test of the Magic Wand
system, which has been designed to intercepted short-to-medium range missiles in the backdrop of the Iron Dome's
success during Operation Pillar of Defense,
The Boston Globe reported Saturday. Israel has yet to confirm or deny the report.
According to the newspaper, the test is set to take place in the Negev in the coming days. Magic Wand, also known as David's Sling, is being developed by Israeli and American engineers at Rafael and Raytheon Co.
Israel is counting on the system to become the centerpiece of its air defense layout and provide a solution for a variety of short-range ballistic missiles, large caliber rockets and cruise missiles.
“They are working hard to get David’s Sling operational,” said a Raytheon official who was not authorized to speak publicly about the project or the upcoming test in Israel. “The hope is it will be able to knock out a variety of targets.”
In May 2011, Israeli defense officials estimated that Magic Wand will become operational in late 2012.
Israel is also working with Boeing on a more sophisticated system known as Arrow 3, designed to intercept missiles that can travel hundreds, even thousands of miles.