Monitor the IDF: Missile Defense
“The David’s Sling, jointly developed by the Israel Missile Defense Organization and the US Missile Defense Agency, can address rocket and mid-range ballistic missile threats, as well as drones and incoming aircraft, and would fill a gap between the existing short-range Iron Dome system and the Arrow 2, a long-range ballistic missile defense system.”
Another successful test of the David Sling anti-missile system. The system is to be deployed sometime in 2014.
If Iran is watching it will be interesting to see if they initiate a conflict before this system becomes operational. Israel takes a Defense-in-Depth approach to missile defense with different missile defenses systems to counter different levels of threats.
Layer 1 is the Iron Dome air defense system. It is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from distances of 4 to 70 kilometers away and whose trajectory would take them to a populated area. Iron Dome has already been tested and used under combat conditions. Iron Dome uses the Tamir interceptor missile which has electro-optic sensors and steering fins for high maneuverability.
“David Sling” is layer 2 of Israel’s multilayer missile defense. Also, called “Magic Wand” it is meant to intercept missiles at ranges 40-300 km. It uses an interceptor called the “Stunner”. The Stunner is a low cost, flexible, single shot salvo designed to be used in all weather conditions. David Sling has never been used during actual combat.
Layer 3 is the Arrow anti-ballistic missile system. The Arrow is a family of missiles meant to defend against missile threats at ranges of 90-148 km. The Arrow 2 is able to intercept targets above the stratosphere so nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons could engaged above Israel. The Arrow can also intercept weapons at low altitude.