Israel’s David’s Sling Weapon System (DSWS) Air- and Missile-Defense system has completed a major test series this week, demonstrating successful intercepts of targets simulating representing threats. The series was part of the third test phase of the system (DST-3), developed under the supervision of Israel’s Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA).
As part of this test series, representative threat targets were successfully intercepted by the DSWS achieving all test objectives. These included targets of different sizes, fired from medium and long ranges, at low, medium and high altitudes.
DST-3 is the third series of tests of the Stunner interceptor for the DSWS. The information collected is being analyzed by program engineers and will be used for ongoing development and deployment of the system.
The prime contractor for the David’s Sling Weapon System Program is Rafael and Raytheon is a sub-contractor. The Multi-Mission Radar (MMR) is provided by Elta Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The Battle Management Center, known as the Golden Almond, is being developed by Elbit systems/Elisra. Concieved in 2006 as the Short Range Ballistic Missile defense system, DSWS is developed under Israeli-US cooperation and joint funding. Israel has requested US funding of $150 million for the procurement phase, which will include two systems controlling multiple fire units and covering the entire area of Israel.
The David’s Sling Air- and Missile defense System is designed as the middle tier of defense against missiles and rockets, and will improve the active defense architecture of the State of Israel against ballistic missile threats. The systems’ interceptor – the Stunner missile – is also considered by Raytheon to be the future interceptor of the Patriot air defense system, enabling existing fire units to launch the new system, thus extending their range and engagement capabilities beyond the current levels (PAC-2/GEM/PAC-3) while improving battle economy against overwhelming threats. Raytheon and RAFAEL have already proposed the Stunner-Patriot option to potential international customers.