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Israel Successfully Tests Short Range Missile Defense System

Israel and the US today completed a successful intercept trial of the David’s Sling short range ballistic missile interceptor.

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The Israel Missile Defense Organization and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) today completed a successful intercept test of the David’s Sling short range ballistic missile interceptor. This was David’s Sling second intercept test of its Stunner interceptor, and was conducted at a test range in southern Israel. The target missile was launched at 7:30 am, the multi-mission radar successfully detected and tracked the target and transferred target flight information to the battle management control system. The Stunner interceptor successfully performed its planned trajectory and destroyed the target missile.

David’s Sling is designed as an additional layer of defense against ballistic missiles, to add interception opportunities to the joint US-Israel Arrow anti-ballistic missile system and to improve Israel’s active defense architecture against missile threats. The successful test is a major milestone in the development of the David’s Sling and provides confidence in future Israeli capabilities to defeat the developing ballistic missile threat.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. is the chief contractor for David’s Sling together with Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN). The radar system is being developed by Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) unit Elta Group, and the Golden Almond battle management control system is being developed by Elbit Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: ESLT; TASE: ESLT) unit Elisra.

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