David's Sling Weapon System
MEDIUM-RANGE AIR DEFENSE
The David’s Sling Weapon System forms a crucial element of Israel’s multi-tier layered missile defense architecture to provide mid-tier regional missile defense. David’s Sling provides terminal-phase hit-to-kill defense against tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets, enemy planes, drones and cruise missiles, including Scud missiles.
Declared fully operational in 2017, David’s Sling was co-developed by Raytheon and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. In addition to partnering on the system’s Stunner interceptor, Raytheon produces the system’s missile firing units. Teams in nearly 30 states across the U.S. are dedicated to producing the missile and its firing unit.
David’s Sling is comprised of the multi-pulse Stunner missile, which uses sophisticated sensors and control systems and an active electronically scanned array, or AESA, multi-mission radar for targeting and guidance. Repeated testing has proven the system’s ability to destroy large torrents of high-caliber rockets and short-range ballistic missiles.
Unlike the blast warhead on the Israeli Iron Dome “Tamir” missile, David's Sling's maneuverable, two-stage, hit-to-kill Stunner missile destroys threats through sheer force of impact. The Stunner missile is proven to defeat all short-range ballistic missiles – 92 percent of the worldwide theater ballistic missile threat inventory. Stunner is currently in full-rate production and helps the system to significantly bolster Israel’s key defensive capabilities. It ensures safety for Israel’s infrastructure, way of life, and most importantly its people.
Raytheon is also teamed with Rafael on the Iron Dome Weapon System.
In 2016, Raytheon was authorized to offer the SkyCeptor™ interceptor as part of its Patriot™ Integrated Air and Missile Defense System bid for the Polish government's missile defense procurement effort known as Wisla.
A variant of the Stunner hit-to-kill missile, the highly advanced SkyCeptor interceptor is developed to defeat short- to medium-range ballistic and cruise missiles and other advanced air defense threats. The SkyCeptor missile is affordable and costs a fraction of other hit-to-kill interceptors.
The SkyCeptor interceptor could be an ideal land-based missile defense solution for other nations besides Poland, including the United States.
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