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IMDO and MDA Successfully Conduct the David’s Sling Weapon System Test Three (DST-3) Series of Tests Intercepting Targets while Meeting all Test Objectives

April 1, 2015

The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) recently conducted David’s Sling Test-3 (DST-3) series of tests, where threat representative targets were successfully intercepted by the David’s Sling Weapon System, achieving all test objectives.

DST-3 is the third series of tests of the Stunner Interceptor for the David’s Sling Weapon System. The information collected is being analyzed by program engineers and will be used for ongoing development and fielding of the David’s Sling Weapon System.

The prime contractor for the David’s Weapon System Program is Rafael, and Raytheon is a sub-contractor. The Multi- Mission Radar is developed by Elta, a subsidiary of IAI. The Battle Management Center known as the Golden Almond, is developed by Elsra, an Elbit subsidiary.

The David’s Sling Weapon System is designed as the middle tier of defense against missiles and rockets, and will improve the active defense architecture of the State of Israel against ballistic missile threats. This test series is a major milestone in the development of the David’s Sling Weapon and provides confidence in future Israeli capabilities to defend against the developing threat.