The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully completed a series of tests of the David’s Sling Weapon System designated DST-4. David’s Sling is an Israel Defense Forces military system being jointly developed by the Israeli defense contractor Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the American defense contractor Raytheon, designed to intercept medium to long-range rockets and cruise missiles fired at ranges from 40 km (24.85 miles) to 300 km (186.41 miles). It is designed to intercept the newest generation of tactical ballistic missiles, such as Iskander, using an on-board dual CCD/IR seekers to distinguish between decoys and the actual warhead of the missile. David’s Sling is meant to bolster the second tier of Israel’s theater missile defense system. The two-stage radar and electro-optic guided system has a 70-300 kilometer range, three times that of Iron Dome. The system can be deployed against aircraft and missiles, with plans to convert the system to intercept cruise missiles in the future. DST-4 was the final milestone before declaring delivery of an operational system to the Israeli Air Force in 2016. Filmed on December 21, 2015.
Film Credits: Leah Garton