David's Sling in new testing
Israel’s David's Sling weapon system has undergone a series of successful tests carried out by the Israel Missile Defense Organization of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development and the US Missile Defense Agency.
The David's Sling weapon system project is a cooperative effort between the US and Israel to develop a defence against large calibre rockets and short-range ballistic missiles.
The testing, designated David's Sling Test-5, was the fifth series of tests of the system. It examined capabilities and performance of the entire weapon system. Threat-representative targets were launched and successfully intercepted by Stunner missiles. The multi-mission radar detected the target after launch and transferred flight information to the battle management centre, which calculated the defence plan. The interceptors were successfully launched, performed all flight phases and engaged the targets as planned.
According to the Israeli Ministry of Defence, preliminary analysis indicates that test objectives were successfully achieved.
The information collected during the test will be used for ongoing development and fielding of the system. This test series provides confidence in future Israeli capabilities to defend against large-calibre rockets and other developing threats.
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