Israel Completes Multi-Tier Anti-Missile Defense Shield

Medium to long range David’s Sling joins Iron Dome and Arrow III in Israel’s anti-missile defense shield

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the ceremony marking the operational integration of the David’s Sling air defense system on Sunday at the Hatzor Air Force Base in southern Israel.

The three tiers of Israel’s anti-missile defense technology now comprises of Iron Dome, which covers short range rockets and missiles (up to 70km range), David’s Sling the medium range system (70 – 300km range), and the Arrow III exoatmospheric anti-ballistic missile system.

David’s Sling was developed over the last 10 years by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems in cooperation with the IDF, as an answer to medium range kamikazi drones, rockets and missile fire. Unlike Iron Dome, which is stationary and defends specific areas of Israel, David’s Sling is portable, providing national coverage.

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