The jointly developed Israeli/US missile defense system has passed another round of trials and is being cleared by both governments to be presented to potential foreign buyers, such as Poland.
The joint Israeli-US missile defense system known as David's Sling—part of Israel's multi-layered missile defense program—is nearing operational readiness and has been cleared to be presented to potential customers abroad, such as Poland.
David's Sling is part of Israel's anti-missile defense program, and is meant to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets, and cruise missiles fired at ranges of 40km to 300km.
The system recently passed a series of comprehensive tests and trials in the past week in which advanced missiles fired from F-15s were successfully intercepted over the Mediterranean Sea.
Joint US/Israeli cooperation
David's Sling is the result of cooperation between Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and American defense contractor Raytheon, which produces the Patriot missile system.
The Israeli and American governments collaborated closely on the development of the system, for which the US government provided $600 million. Additionally, members of the American Missile Defense Agency at the Pentagon regularly attended technical and administrative meetings.
According to a Rafael official identified as Shlomo, "Raytheon is our strategic partner and is creating jobs and employing hundreds of small and medium sized manufacturers in the US. After our recent round of tests, we received heartwarming messages from our friends at Raytheon and there is a very high level of mutual respect between our two companies and countries." (end of excerpt)
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