David's Sling defense system 370.
(photo credit: Defense Ministry)
Once shrouded in secrecy, Israel's David's Sling missile interceptor went on
display for the first time this week at the Paris Air Show.
co-manufacturers, Rafael, say the system is designed to compliment the Iron Dome
defensive shield used in the Gaza conflict, and will be operational within two
Co-developed by US firm Raytheon
and Israeli company Rafael, David's Sling is a missile defense system designed
to safeguard Israeli citizens from attack.
The Sling is capable of
intercepting incoming rockets more than 160 kilometers away.
all that's been seen of it is a brief video handout of a secret desert test last
But this week Yossi Horowitz, business development director at
Rafael, showed off one of the missiles at the Paris Air Show.
as the Stunner, the missile is part of a three-tier system. It will be used as a
bridge between the existing Iron Dome system, which intercepts short-range
rockets, and the Arrow, targeting ballistic missiles.
Horowitz says David's Sling will be
ready for deployment within two years.