David’s Sling operational

April 3, 2017 Agencies
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The IAF’s newest air defence system is about to make Israel’s skies a lot safer.

Yesterday  the David’s Sling missile defence interceptor became operational.


The IDF reports “It’s capable of intercepting missiles fired towards Israel by enemy countries such as Iran and Syria. It will protect Israelis against large-caliber rockets, short-range ballistic missiles, and other developing threats.”

“We see that Hamas and Iran continue to progress and develop their offensive capabilities. We are always trying to stay one step ahead,” said a senior air force official at a press briefing.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the ceremony

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “We have an absolute obligation to the security of Israel’s citizens. In the context of this obligation, we are working systematically to strengthen the offensive capability of the State of Israel against its enemies. We are also working, to the same degree, to strengthen our defensive capability against our enemies.

This is important news; all of Israel’s citizens experienced the important achievement of the Iron Dome system against short-range missiles in the last Gaza campaign. Of course, we also developed the Arrow system against strategic long-range missiles, as well as other systems. David’s Sling acts in the intermediate range and is of great importance to Israel’s security. I would like to commend the people at the Defense Ministry, the IDF, the R&D people and everyone who worked to make this system operational. We are defending the home front.”

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