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David's Sling
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David's Sling officially enters service

As tensions rise on the northern border, the Air Force officially inaugurates the David's Sling missile defense system for operational use; system joins Iron Dome and Arrow systems as part of the country's multi-layered missile defense program.

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) officially inaugurated the David’s Sling missile defense system on Monday.

 

 

The system was designed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and American defense contractor Raytheon.

 

David's Sling tests    (צילום: מנהלת "חומה" במשרד הביטחון)

David's Sling tests

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It is officially operational and functions as a part of Israel’s multi-layered missile defense program.

 

David's Sling (Photo: Ministry of Defense) (Photo: Ministry of Defense)
David's Sling (Photo: Ministry of Defense)
 

  

In this capacity, David's Sling operates in the layer above the Iron Dome and below the Arrow system. Meaning, it is designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles and medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles fired from distances of 40-300km.

 

The system comes online right as tensions are beginning to rise on the northern border, with a Syrian surface-to-air missile recently being intercepted by the Arrow system following an IAF airstrike on Hezbollah strategic weapons.

 

Arrow missile (Photo: Ministry of Defense) (Photo: Ministry of Defense)
Arrow missile (Photo: Ministry of Defense)

 

Following an investigation of the incident, the IDF concluded that the activation of the Arrow system and the subsequent downing of the Syrian S-200 was justified and the correct decision.

 

The missile was found to be carrying a warhead packed with 200kg of explosives and would have struck in the Jordan Valley area.

 

Furthermore, according to the investigation, the missile was most likely fired from a Syrian airbase near the city of Homs, which is about 400km from Jordan Valley communities.

 

Less than a minute after the S-200 was identified as posing a ballistic threat to Israel, the team operating the Arrow-2 decided to fire the missile.

 

Arrow missile launchers (Photo: Ministry of Defense) (Photo: Ministry of Defense)
Arrow missile launchers (Photo: Ministry of Defense)

 

Brig. Gen. Zvika Haimovich, commander of the IAF’s air defense systems, emphasized that there was no dilemma regarding the use of the Arrow system.

 

“We identified a ballistic threat against the State of Israel,” Haimovich explained. “Instructions, policies and orders are very clear: to intercept and neutralize every threat to the citizens of the State of Israel and that is exactly what we did.”

 

(Translated and edited by Fred Goldberg)

 


פרסום ראשון: 03.21.17, 11:56
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