US MDA and Israel test David's Sling missile defence system
The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Israel Missile Defense Organisation (IMDO) have successfully completed the fifth series of tests of the David’s Sling Weapons System (DSWS) Yanat Sea Range in Israel.
Designated as David's Sling Test-5 (DST-5), the latest tests validated the capabilities and performance of the system that is designed to intercept short-range ballistic missiles, large calibre rockets and cruise missiles and unmanned aircraft systems, at ranges from 40km to 300km.
The tests involved the launch of Stunner missiles, which performed all flight phases and engaged threat-representative targets as planned.
MDA director vice admiral Jim Syring said: "This test campaign is a critical step in ensuring Israel has the capability to defend itself from a very real and growing threat.
"We remain strongly committed to supporting Israel's development of a missile defence system."
The two-stage interceptor missile's multi-mission radar (MMR) detected the target after launch and transferred flight information to the battle management center (BMC).
The information collected during the test is being analysed by programme engineers and will be used for ongoing development and fielding of the DSWS, MDA said in a statement.
The US and Israel have jointly developed the system to allow the Israeli Air Force (IAF) to defend against large-calibre rockets and other developing threats.
The missile defence system forms a central part of Israel’s multi-layer anti-missile array.
Image: The David’s Sling Weapons System in use. Photo: courtesy of Israel Ministry of Defense.