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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Israel and US successfully test David's sling (with video)

Israel and the United States have successfully tested David's sling, which is designed to shoot down medium range (70-300 km) missiles - what falls between Iron Dome and the Arrow series.

Let's go to the videotape and then I'll have more after the video:

Here's more about David's sling.
The David’s Sling is a missile defense system currently under development by Rafael in Israel and Raytheon in the US. The system would defend against Iranian missiles such as the M600, the Zelzal, Fajr and Fateh 110 deployed heavily in Hezbollah hands in Lebanon as well as other missiles with a range between 70 and 300 kilometers. It is slated to become operational in 2014.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak congratulated those involved in the test, adding that David's Sling would form a significant layer in Israel's multi-layered missile defense program.
"The major success of Iron Dome batteries in Operation Pillar of Defense clarifies beyond all doubt the huge importance of missile defense programs. The state of Israel is a world leader in this field, thanks to its Israeli defense industries and their people," Barak added.
Just as an aside, I want to remind you all that nearly 30 years ago, when Ronald Reagan proposed the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), Democrats howled that he was crazy. But I digress....
David’s Sling uses the Stunner interceptor, fitted into a launcher that can hold 16 missiles. It works together with an advanced phased-array radar made by Israel Aerospace Industries. The system can also be formatted to defend Israel's skies against enemy aircraft.
David's Sling will operate within Israel's multi-tiered missile defense system, protecting the country from medium-range threats. The Iron Dome system aims to intercept short-range missiles and rockets, while the country's Arrow and eventually Arrow 3 seek to intercept long-range missiles and ICBMs.
The anti-missile systems are great but for one small weakness: If you have to worry that you will need to use them, you can't really go about life normally in the first place. 

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At 12:40 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Carl, that would be like saying that, even with the Security Barrier, you still have to worry about bus bombings, restaurant bombings, etc. because they still can happen at any time. The countering of one threat at a time lets you live a good life (i.e., the barrier, then Iron Dome, etc.). BTW, in discussions with Israelis who live in the US for some years, we ended up agreeing that, day to day, Israel is "safer" in the neighborhoods than the US is. But that the rockets (and Iran) are Israel's bummer. So by countering the rockets, you guys have it, hands down.


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