Missile Defense

Israel Activated David’s Sling Weapon System


The Israel Missile Defense Organization of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency successfully complete a series of tests of the David’s Sling Weapon System.

Israel activated the David’s Sling Weapon System for the first time and could assist as the catalyst for export marketing efforts.

The missile defense system was fired July 23, 2018 to counter a missile threat. It launched two interceptors to counter two SS-21 ballistic missiles that were fired by Syrian government forces following struggles with rebels close to the Golan Heights. The Syrian missiles fell within Syrian territory. One of the interceptors self-destructed on the Golan Heights.

According to The Jerusalem Post, the wedding has investigated to ascertain if your system operated successfully.

With Iron Dome proved to be successful with an Arrow missile accustomed to down a Syrian surface-to-air missile in March 2017, all the layers of Israel’s advanced missile defense have been utilized.

David’s Sling was co-developed by Raytheon and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. Raytheon was chosen in 2004 as a partner by Israel’s Ministry of Defense, and the company worked to build up the machine’s Stunner interceptor missile, that is meant to intercept missiles, drones, aircraft and also other ordnance. In contrast to Israel’s Iron Dome system and its particular Tamir missiles, the Stunner uses hit-to-kill technology, which is designed to maneuver and strike an incoming threat, rather than detonate in proximity to it.

The first-time using David’s Sling might increase the capability to sell and export the device if it can be proved to be successful. Recently, Rafael signed a cooperation agreement with Romania which involves Iron Dome, which could potentially result in more sales. Ballistic missile threats launched by Houthi rebels in Yemen at Saudi Arabia, in addition to uncertainty on the Korean Peninsula, offer other potential markets.

David’s Sling includes a dynamic electronically scanned array, multimission radar, which activly works to identify an incoming threat, target and move the interception. The radar was designed by Elta Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries. Elisra, a subdivision of Elbit, developed the command-and-control components.

The system was tested to confront categories of threats that could emerge, such being a salvo of rockets and ballistic missiles. In May, 20 Iranian Grad and Fajr rockets were fired at Israel from Syria and intercepted by Iron Dome.

The David’s Sling was meant to be one portion of Israel’s expanding multilayered missile defense. Operating at longer ranges than the Iron Dome, it’s meant to confront medium-range threats from 40-155 miles, even though the Arrow confronts longer-range threats.

Israel is eyeing a new 10-year, $8 billion plan to bolster its missile defenses. According to Raytheon, “teams in nearly 30 U.S. states through the U.S. concentrate on producing the David’s Sling missile as well as firing unit.”

The system was tested 5 times between 2012 and January 2017 before being declared fully operational in April 2017. It was initially developed to counter threats from Hezbollah’s arsenal, including the Zelzal, the Iranian Fajr-5 and Fateh 110, and Syria’s M600, in addition to Scud missiles.

Hezbollah’s rockets had fallen on Israel with impunity inside the 2006 conflict, and Israel’s Defense Ministry indicated in 2013 that it had high hopes for David’s Sling to offer Israel the power to “deal with threats with far higher efficiency.”

However, following your Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, Israel became concerned with any Iran-backed threat emerging in Syria in addition to other missile threats launched by additional groups inside the region amid the instability with the last many years.

The July 23 incident came amid fighting in southern Syria. In late June, the Syrian regime launched an important offensive against Syrian rebels, through mid-July the rebels and Islamic State militants were occupying an area nearby the Golan Heights and the 1974 cease-fire line between Israeli and Syrian forces.

On July 11, Israel used a Patriot missile to shoot down a drone from Syria that flew six miles within the cease-fire line. Patriot was again utilized to shoot down another drone July 13, but again to a Syrian warplane on July 24.

On the morning of July 23, David’s Sling detected two incoming SS-21 Tochka ballistic missiles. The SS-21 includes a selection of 100 miles and it was projected to fall within Israel at the Sea of Galilee, six miles through the cease-fire line. After the interceptors were launched, the device determined the SS-21 would fall in Syria, so one interceptor was programmed to self-destruct while the other fell in Syria.

The utilization of it comes four months after individuals Congress sought $705.8 million in funding for U.S.-Israel cooperation on missile defense, including David’s Sling, Arrow and also the Iron Dome. Of that, $183 million was destined for David’s Sling, the most up-to-date in $1.39 billion how the U.S. has contributed, in accordance with the Congressional Research Service.

The current funding will go toward upgrades, such as “extending the system’s range, improving its seeker capabilities and addressing cruise missile threats,” according to an announcement from your office of Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., who co-chairs the House Republican Israel Caucus.

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