Israeli army is prepare to take delivery of first Rafael David's Sling anti-missile system 2906134
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|Saturday, June 29, 2013 01:27 PM|
|Israeli army is prepare to take delivery of first Rafael David's Sling anti-missile system.|
As the Middle East descends deeper into conflict, Israel's military is set to deploy its sixth Iron Dome counter-rocket battery, produced by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, and is preparing to take delivery of the first unit of David's Sling, another Rafael anti-missile system.
Israeli David's Sling anti-missile system launcher unit
The new Iron Dome battery, intended to shoot down short-range missiles like the Soviet-designed Grads used by Lebanon's Hezbollah and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, has been upgraded and its range extended. That means the system, the only combat-tested weapon in the multilayered anti-missile shield Israel is building, can intercept hostile rockets earlier in their trajectory and minimize damage and casualties.
Iron Dome, heavily funded by the United States, became operational in early 2011.
Also known as Magic Wand, David's Sling is designed to intercept medium-range missiles at a range of 100 miles.
It's the next layer in the shield above Iron Dome and underwent its first test-flight in February. It's scheduled to become operational in 2014. Each missile costs $1 million.
David's Sling will be able to backstop the two Arrow variants against ballistic and cruise missiles that get past them. It can cover all of Israel from a small number of launch sites around the country.