Netanyahu: David's Sling missile interceptor to become operational Sunday

The David's Sling missile defense system undergoes a final round of tests on December 21, 2015 in Israel.

-Israeli missile interceptor, called David's Sling, concluding the Jewish state's multi-tier aerial defense system. And at the top are the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 systems, which are meant to engage long-range ballistic missiles.

The U.S. defense contractor Raytheon collaborated on David's Sling, also known as Magic Wand, with Israel's state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. Israel and the United States successfully completed tests of the David's Sling missile defense system in late January. It will make up the middle tier of Israel's multi-layer missile defense capabilities.

The Arrow system saw its first action in March when it destroyed an anti-aircraft missile fired from Syria after Israeli jets carried out airstrikes on Hezbollah, which supports the Syrian regime fighting rebels and jihadists.

At a ceremony inaugurating a joint US-Israeli missile interceptor, Mr Netanyahu said defending the home front is of the "utmost importance".

David's Sling is created to intercept medium-range rockets and missiles with ranges of 40-300 kilometers (25-190 miles), such as those possessed by the Iran-backed Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and the Syrian military. "Whoever tries to strike us will be hit".

The director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Navy Vice Admiral James D. Syring, also attended the ceremony. "As part of this commitment we are systematically working to strengthen Israel's attack capabilities against its enemies, while simultaneously working to strengthen our defense capabilities in the face of our enemies".

  • Leroy Wright