Joint U.S.-Israel air defense system David’s Sling passes final tests

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — The joint U.S.-Israel air defense system known as David’s Sling has passed its final round of tests.

The success of the tests announced Monday by Israel’s Defense Ministry means that the system could be operational for the Israel Air Force during 2016. Israel is scheduled to receive one David’s Sling battery in the coming months, according to reports.

Designed to stop long-range rockets, drones and cruise missiles, David’s Sling is intended to supplement the Iron Dome system, which targets short-range rockets, and the Arrow system targeting ballistic missiles, both of which are already in operation.

The U.S. defense contractor Raytheon is collaborating on the system with Israel’s state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. It is also known as Magic Wand.

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