IDF begins receiving first deliveries of David’s Sling missile defense system

A David's Sling system test launch in December 2015. Credit: United States Missile Defense Agency.

( The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has started receiving the first deliveries of the new American-Israeli-developed David’s Sling missile defense system.

According to the IDF, the delivery process will take place gradually in a number of stages during the next few weeks. The Israeli Air Force will also test the performance of all the system’s components. 

“David’s Sling will allow Israel to more effectively defend against the wide range of current and future threats to its civilians. It will provide an additional layer of protection against short- and medium-range missiles and rockets, particularly against precision strikes,” the IDF said in a statement. 

The advanced interceptor is part of Israel’s four-tiered air defense arsenal, which also includes the Iron Dome system for intercepting and destroying short-range rockets and artillery shells, the Arrow 2 short- and medium-range ballistic missile interceptor, and the Arrow 3 long-range missile defense system. Arrow 3 is now entering the final stage of its development.

David’s Sling is being developed and manufactured as a joint venture of Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency contractor Raytheon.

Posted on March 1, 2016 .