Monitor the IDF: Missile Defense

Missile defense system intercepts target in second live test

Israel, US Successfully Test New Missile Defense System

“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.


Anti-missile Defense-in-Depth


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.


Iron Dome Launcher


Iron Dome Tamir missile launch

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.

stunner launcher

David Sling Launcher


Stunner Missile

“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.


Arrow 2 Launcher


Arrow 2 Missile

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.

Israel also posses American Patriot and Hawk anti-missile systems. 


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