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MDA, Israel Complete Air Defense System Tests

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Israel’s missile defense organization have finished the fifth series of tests on a missile defense system designed to intercept short-range ballistic missiles and large caliber rockets.

MDA said Wednesday the David’s Sling weapon system intercepted three threat-representative targets via Stunner missiles during the test series held at Yanat Sea Range in Israel.

David Sling Test 5 also utilized an Elbit Systems-built battle management system to calculate the defense plans for the tests as well as an Israel Aerospace Industries-made multimission radar that helped detect targets after missile launch.

“We remain strongly committed to supporting Israel’s development of a missile defense system,” said Vice Adm. Jim Syring, MDA director.

Raytheon‘s missile systems division supports the David’s Sling weapon system program as a subcontractor to Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

Program engineers will analyze and use data from the tests in the ongoing development and fielding of the David’s Sling, which will be a central element of Israel’s multilayer antimissile network.

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