David's Sling Anti-Missile Defense Just a Few Years Away
The David's Sling (aka Magic Wand) mid-range anti-missile system will soon undergo a full test and could become operational within the next few years, Pini Yungman of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems said at the 2011 Military and Aviation Conference on Tuesday.
The David's Sling system "successfully deals with threats that no other system in the world is capable of neutralizing," Yungman said.
David's Sling is intended to deal with a wide range of threats, and is essentially designed to fill a gap between the Iron Dome system against short-range missiles, such as the Kassam, and the Arrow for long-range missiles such as the Iraqi Scud and the Iranian Shihab.
Yungman said that Israel faces threats from long-range and short-range missiles as well as cruise missiles.
The David's Sling system will operate in conjunction with other anti-missile systems, including the Iron Dome, Arrow and Patriot systems.
David's Sling has the capability to cope with both ground-based and air-based threats, including aircraft.
"The state of Israel cannot afford to be attacked by enemy aircraft, and the Magic Wand will provide it the exact protection needed to deal with this," Yungman said.
Yungman said that operational tests run on the David's Sling/Magic Wand system in recent months have proven its quality and effectiveness.