After a series of concluding trials of the David’s Sling aerial defense system, Israel’s Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) at the Ministry of Defense, together with the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), began delivering major components of the system to the Israeli Air Force (IAF).
David’s Sling, which was developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and Raytheon USA, completed its final milestone test in December 2015.
The delivery process of David’s Sling will be taking place gradually, over the course of several weeks, in accordance with its development plan. The first phase of delivery is being conducted by a team from IMDO, along with the defense industries, led by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. In this stage, the delivery of the radar, interception and command and control systems will take place.
In the near future, the process of testing all of the system components and the final declaration by the Air Force that the system is operational will occur.
David’s Sling is considered the world’s most revolutionary innovation in the family of interceptor systems. This system, which will serve as a central part of Israel’s multi-layered defense array, was developed by Israel’s Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) at the Ministry of Defense and the Israeli Air Force, in collaboration with the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA).
David’s Sling will allow Israel to more effectively defend against the wide range of current and future threats to its civilians. David’s Sling will provide additional layer of protection against short and medium range missiles and rockets, particularly against precise strikes, and will add intercept opportunities for the Arrow aerial defense system.
The prime contractor for David’s Sling Weapon System is Rafael, with Raytheon Missile Systems as a sub-contractor. The MMR is developed by Elta, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries. The BMC, known as the Golden Almond, is developed by Elisra, an Elbit subsidiary.