The US State Department has approved the potential sale of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system missiles, THAAD fire control and communication stations, and related equipment to the United Arab Emirates, Reuters reported this week. In addition, the “State Department has approved the potential sale of Patriot missiles and related equipment to Saudi Arabia in a deal valued at up to $3.05 billion,” the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Continue Reading »
Israel’s David’s Sling anti-missile defense system receives int’l award for technological innovation that serves Israel’s current 3-tier defense systems, filling the gap between the long-range Arrow defense system and the shorter-range Iron Dome interceptor.
Israel’s latest creation in defense technology, the David’s Sling Weapons System, received an award for technological innovation on Tuesday, a press release from the Israeli ministry of defense announced Wednesday.
Israel’s missile defense system David’s Sling wins 2017 Technology Pioneer Award – Photo: Defense Ministry
The Technology Pioneer Award was granted and accepted by the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) director Moshe Patel on behalf of the State of Israel at the 2017 Multinational Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Conference in Boston. Continue Reading »
Poland set to sign papers for US Patriot defense system but will produce the superior performance “Magic Wand” by Israeli manufacturer, Rafael, at a cost of $7.6 billion, 10% of the price of its American competitor.
The United States has agreed to sell the Patriot missile defense system to Poland, Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz announced on Thursday. The Ynet news site reports that Poland insisted that the system by configured to use the Israeli missile marketed globally under the name “Skyceptor,” due to its superior performance at only 10% of the cost of the American Patriot missile.
“A memorandum was signed tonight that the US government has agreed to sell Poland Patriot missiles in the most modern configuration,” Macierewicz said in a press conference, according to the Reuters news agency. Continue Reading »
The Israeli Air Force officially declares the David’s Sling missile defense system operational, as tensions rise on the northern border. • David’s Sling joins Iron Dome and Arrow’s 2 and 3 systems to support Israel’s multi-layered missile defense measures.
By Yossi Yehoshua
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) officially inaugurated the David’s Sling missile defense system on Monday. The system was designed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and American defense contractor Raytheon.
It is officially operational and functions as a part of Israel’s multi-layered missile defense program.
In this capacity, David’s Sling operates in the layer above the Iron Dome and below the Arrow system.
An upgraded version of the Iron Dome missile defense system has passed a series of complex tests in recent days, improving the system’s capabilities.
According to a statement released by the Defense Ministry, the Israel Missile Defense Organization, which is responsible for the development of Israel’s multilayered defense system, in conjunction with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the main contractor of the Iron Dome system, carried out a number of experiments using American-made components in the course of the missile interception tests for the first time. Continue Reading »
WATCH: Israel’s Defense Ministry announced Wednesday’s trial testing concluded successfully in its entirety, managing to intercept every single simulated target in the air, and at a high altitudes far from the Israeli coastline.
By Yoav Zitun and Reuters
The Israeli security apparatus completed an experiment stretching over a number of days of the new advance David’s Sling system capable of defending against mid-range missiles.
The system is being developed and manufactured jointly by Israel’s state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd and Raytheon Co, a top US arms maker.
During the experiment that took place on Wednesday, a number of precision missiles were launched from Israeli Air Force (IAF) jets above the Mediterranean, at which the advanced system dully fired interception rockets upon detection
According to the director of the Ministry of Defense and the head of the project’s designers Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. Continue Reading »
WATCH declassified test clip: Like Iron Dome & Arrow, David’s Sling has drawn interest from prospective foreign clients, especially since it’s also designed to intercept cruise missiles.
By Yoav Zitun
Israel’s air defense system David’s Sling has passed its final round of tests, putting it on course for deployment in 2016, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.
David’s Sling test – Photo: Israel Defense Ministry
David’s Sling is designed to shoot down rockets with ranges of 100 to 200 km (63 to 125 miles), aircraft, or low-flying cruise missiles. It will fill the operational gap between the Iron Dome short-range rocket interceptor and the Arrow ballistic missile interceptor, both already in service. Continue Reading »
The jointly developed David’s Sling by Israel and the US is the newest missile shield system, and just weeks away from a co-production deal, that when operational in 2016, is designed to intercept latest generation of offensive missiles.
The United States and Israel are weeks away from reaching a draft agreement on a co-production of Israel’s air defense system called David’s Sling that the two countries jointly developed, the top US missile defense officer told lawmakers on Thursday.
US Navy Vice Admiral James Syring, director of the Missile Defense Agency, or MDA, said discussions and negotiations continued with Israel on the David’s Sling system, which passed a series of intercept tests in April and is expected to be operational next year. Continue Reading »
Following recent assessments on the significant rocket threat posed by Hezbollah to the Israeli home front, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday that it carried out a successful test of the David’s Sling anti-projectile system, which is designed to shoot down short to medium-range rockets and missiles.
During the trial, carried out this week in central Israel by the Defense Ministry and the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, David’s Sling radar identified a mock Sparrow missile heading into its air space, and fired an interceptor that struck and destroyed the target. Continue Reading »
Jerusalem temporarily freezes funding to Israel’s missile defense system’s manufacturer Rafael as part of defense dept’s austerity measures.
Israel’s US-backed David’s Sling missile shield is unlikely to be deployed by next year as originally scheduled, an Israeli defense official said on Wednesday, citing budget shortfalls.
David’s Sling, which is designed to shoot down various aerial threats using interceptor missiles manufactured by US firm Raytheon Co., is billed by Israel as a future bulwark against foes like Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Syria and Iran.
But with the Finance Ministry trying to reduce the defense budget, the government said it had frozen funding for David’s Sling manufacturer, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. Continue Reading »
United bipartisan request to House committee for additional funding cites increased threat from Iran & Hezbollah, noting the aid is ‘in America’s interest’.
By Ari Soffer
US lawmakers have called on Congress to increase funding for Israeli missile defense projects.
Last Thursday, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, urged a key House of Representatives panel to increase funding for Israel’s Iron Dome, Arrow, Arrow 3, and David’s Sling missile defense systems.
Specifically, they called for an increase of $175.9 million over the President’s budget and $130.9 million above fiscal year 2014 funding for the Iron Dome system. Continue Reading »
Congressional Bill includes $173 million in additional funds for joint U.S.-Israel missile defense programs, including the Arrow project & David’s Sling.
This bill accommodates U.S. President Obama’s request of $220 million for additional Iron Dome batteries.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
A compromise defense bill proposed on Monday by U.S. lawmakers would boost spending on missile defense by $358 million to $9.5 billion, mandating an additional homeland defense radar and increasing funding for U.S.-Israeli cooperative efforts.
The David’s Sling anti-missile system during a test – Photo Courtesy: Israel Defense Ministry
Leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives Armed Services committees released details of a slimmed-down defense authorization bill for fiscal 2014 late on Monday, calling for a final vote on the measure before Congress leaves for the year. Continue Reading »
Israeli interceptor Magic Wand was successfully tested.
Israel’s Defense Ministry says system ‘provides confidence in future Israeli capabilities to defeat developing ballistic missile threat’.
By Yoav Zitun
A new Israeli interceptor being developed in partnership with the United States to counter missiles held by Syria and Lebanon‘s Iranian-backed Hezbollah passed its second live trial on Wednesday, officials said.
Previous Magic Wand trial – Photo Courtesy of Defense Ministry
Magic Wand, which Israeli officials say could be ready for deployment next year after being rushed through production, is designed to shoot down missiles with ranges of between 100 km and 200 km (63 miles and 125 miles).Continue Reading »
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