The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) completed a test series of the David’s Sling weapon system, a missile defense system that is a central part of Israel’s anti-missile network.

The prime contractor for the David’s Sling program is Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, with Raytheon Missile Systems as a sub-contractor. The multi-mission radar is developed by Elta Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries. The Golden Almond battle management center is developed by Elbit Systems EW & SIGINT-Elisra.

The test series, designated DST-5 was the fifth series of tests of the David’s Sling system. This test series was conducted at Yanat Sea Range, operated out of Palmachim Air Base, Israel.

The test examined capabilities and performance of the entire David’s Sling system. Threat-representative targets were launched and intercepted by stunner missiles. The multi-mission radar detected the target after launch and transferred flight information to the battle management center, which calculated the defense plan.


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