The US-Israel David’s Sling Weapon System (DSWS) scored a “major milestone” Wednesday with a successful intercept of a short-range ballistic missile target at a test range in southern Israel, according to the Israeli MoD and the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA).
In a joint statement released shortly after the early morning test, program officials said David Sling’s Stunner hit-to-kill interceptor destroyed the target missile after subsystems successfully detected, tracked and managed the engagement.
“The Stunner interceptor successfully performed its planned trajectory and destroyed the target missile,” according to the statement.
“The successful test is a major milestone in the development of DSWS and provides confidence in future Israeli capabilities to defeat the developing ballistic missile threat.”
Wednesday’s intercept marks the second test success since the beginning of the year, and aims to ready the system for initial deployment in 2014 sources here say.
Jointly funded by the US and Israel, David’s Sling is designed to defend against long-range rockets and short-range missiles. Later block versions will extend performance to defend against cruise missiles and other air-breathing targets.
Developed by Israel’s state-owned Rafael Ltd. in conjunction with its US partner Raytheon Co., DSWS will provide an additional layer to Israel’s multi-layer active defense intercepting network. When deployed, it will serve as a bridge between the operationally proven lower-tier Iron Dome and the operational Arrow-2 and planned Upper Tier Arrow-3.
Supporting the DSWS is the Multi-Mission Radar by Elta, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, and the Golden Almond battle management and control system developed by Elisra-Elbit Systems.http://www.defensenews.com/article/20131120/DEFREG04/311200012/US-Israel-David-s-Sling-Aces-2nd-Intercept-Test