Thursday, November 21, 2013

David's Sling Successfully Intercepts Missile

by Or Heller

The Ministry of Defense and the US Missile Defense Agency (MSA) held a successful test of the David's Sling air defense system on Wednesday morning, in which a ballistic missile was shot down and destroyed. David's Sling is designed to intercept intermediate and short-range rockets and cruise missiles, and should be effective against a good portion of Hezbollah's rocket arsenal

The trial saw a David's Sling battery fire an interceptor at "a ballistic target from short range," and examined the remainder of the system's components for the first time, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

After a ballistic missile was fired, David's Sling MMR radar identified it, passed along its trajectory to the fire management system, which formulated a defensive interception. A David's Sling interceptor was then fired, striking and destroying the target successfully.

It was led by personnel from the Rafael defense corporation, which manufactures the system, as well as staff from the Defense Ministry's Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure.

Or Heller


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