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Posts Tagged ‘David’s Sling’

Israeli Defense Companies Converge on Industry’s Next Big Market — Poland

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Poland is developing an ambitious, multi billion dollar program of modernizing its armed forces, which is attracting several Israeli-based companies, including Elbit Systems, Rafael and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), all of which are attending this year’s MSPO exhibition in Kielce in south central Poland (halfway between Częstochowa and Lublin).

Israel Sharon, IAI’s marketing manager for Poland, told Shephard Media that Israel’s defense strategy “seems to be similar to Polish strategic thinking. More emphasis is put on the national indigenous defense capacity, strongly embedded in an alliance, but able to stand alone in deterring any aggression.”

Elbit Systems is looking to sell Poland its Hermes 450 medium size multi-payload unmanned aerial vehicle, designed for tactical long endurance missions.

The Raytheon Company, a major US defense contractor, announced on Tuesday that it had offered to sell to Poland the SkyCeptor interceptor, a modified version of the Stunner interceptor, jointly developed by Israel and the US, which is in production and field testing by the IDF as part of the David’s Sling system, Shephard reported. Skyceptor will be integrated with the Patriot air and missile defense system.

Poland would be using its version of the David’s Sling system as part of the Wisla missile defense program. In July, Poland’s state-run defense group PGZ signed a letter of intent with Raytheon to cooperate on Poland’s new missile defense program Wisla, which included acquisition of Patriot missiles. Now Raytheon expects Wisla to be getting the green light from the Polish Ministry of Defense, which will submit a formal letter of request (LOR) to the US to purchase the Patriot.

John Baird, Raytheon’s VP of Poland programs, told reporters in Kielce that the inclusion of the SkyCeptor interceptor as part of the Patriot package is a cheaper option against “short-to-medium-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced air defense threats.”

“We have embarked over the past three years to produce and develop a US-compliant variant of Stunner,” Raytheon’s Dave Orr explained, adding “we think we can develop within 36 months of contract award SkyCepter missiles for the Polish Armed Forces.”

IAI is also bidding for the modernization of the Polish MiG-29 fighter jets and legacy helicopters. According to Shephard, IAI has already entered into an agreement with the Czech company Retia to produce air defense radar systems.

JNi.Media

In ‘Noble Shirley 2016’ US Military Got Tips From IDF on Fighting Radical Islamic Terror

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

U.S. military forces spent last week learning how to deal with radical Islamic terrorism from the experience of their Israeli counterparts.

Israeli Defense Forces and members of the U.S. Marine Corps joined together for a live-fire training exercise in southern Israel to improve collaboration and interoperability between their two forces.

The Marines’ Battalion Landing Team, 6th Marine Regiment and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit trained last week with Israeli ground troops, air and naval forces on urban warfare and counter terror techniques, Israel’s Channel 2 television news reported.

The scenarios in the exercise included various tactical formations such as drilled helicopter landings behind enemy lines, simulated extractions under fire – including by combat medics – as well as a scenario in which Israel was subjected to a barrage of Iranian and Hezbollah missiles.

The latter was used to test real-time integration of Israeli and American missile defense systems, with the Israelis employing American radar systems deployed across the Middle East in addition to a satellite alert system that picks up missile launches from around the planet.

The Israeli ‘David’s Sling’ missile defense system (which targets medium to long-range missiles) was also used during the drill although it is not yet fully operational.

Hana Levi Julian

David’s Sling Air Defense System Passes Final Test

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Israel’s ‘David’s Sling’ air defense system passed its final round of testing Monday and is on course for deployment in 2016, the Defense Ministry announced.

The system is being jointly developed and produced by Israeli state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd and top U.S. weapons manufacturer Raytheon Co.

David’s Sling was put through its paces in a test field in southern Israel in advance of delivery to the Air Force by April 2016. The IAF is to receive two batteries in the first stage of deployment, although a total of four are to be delivered to the military. The system can be deployed in both mobile and permanent environments, which allows for flexible maneuvers in accordance with military requirements, similar to that of the Iron Dome.

Likewise, David’s Sling can operate independently or integrated with the Iron Dome and Arrow air defense systems, based on Israel’s security needs at time of deployment.

The system, also known as the “Magic Wand,” is designed to shoot down medium-range rockets fired at Israel, with ranges of 100 km to 200 km (63 to 125 miles). The anti-missile system can also shoot down hostile aircraft and low-flying cruise missiles when necessary.

Although the Defense Ministry gave no specific details about the targets that were identified and shot down on Monday, officials said that in general, the system can identify and intercept missiles capable of bearing a warhead carrying hundreds of kilograms of explosives.

David’s Sling is intended to fill the operational gap between the currently operating Iron Dome short-range rocket interceptor and the longest-range Arrow ballistic missile interceptor. Both are already deployed.

“This series of tests completes the first chapter in development and will allow us to bring the system to the Air Force soon,” a senior Defense Ministry weapons development specialist said.

The head of the project from Israeli defense firm Rafael, Shlomo S., added, “This feels like a dream come true, as the goals and targets we had were achieved in full, and that is a rare thing in the development of systems of this kind.”

Hana Levi Julian

‘David’s Sling’ Anti-Missile System Hits Target in Fourth Test [video]

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The joint Israel-United States David’s Sling anti-missile system successfully has passed its fourth test and may be deployed late this year or early next year, according to the Ministry of Defense,

A target missile was launched, detected and destroyed in the test on Wednesday.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems developed the system against medium-range missiles in cooperation with Raytheon, based in the United States.

After deployment, Israel will be the only country with a multi-layer anti-missile system.

The Iron Dome system proved its effectiveness in last year’s Hamas war on Gaza by intercepting almost all of short-range missiles. The Arrow system works against long-range missiles, and David’s Sling would fill the gap and intercept missiles and rockets with a range of between 63 miles and 125 miles.

David’s Sling will provide Israel with an important weapon to help defend the country against Hezbollah missiles, but the drawback to the system is money. David’s Sling rockets cost about $1 million each.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

US Congressman Gets it Right on Gaza v. Israel

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Responding to a letter from a constituent, U.S. Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL-06) sent out a video to his constituents explaining what the U.S. is doing to protect Israel from Gaza’s rocket attacks.

Roskam is the co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus and is active in helping to secure funding for Israel’s defense needs from the U.S., including the Iron Dome Missile Defense system, David’s Sling and the Arrow missile defense systems.

This past spring, Roskam and Democratic Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06) sought a near doubling in appropriation levels over those requested by the administration for the Iron Dome system. They requested $350.9 million for Iron Dome, which was $175.9 million more than was allocated in the president’s budget, and $268.7 million for the Arrow, Arrow 3 and David’s Sling systems, which was $172.1 million more than the administration requested.

In the video, Roskam refers to Hamas as the “Iran backed terrorist regime,” and explained to his constituents that Israel accepted the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, while Hamas rejected it, instead choosing more violence.

 

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Iron Beam to Join Iron Dome to Intercept Short-Range Missiles

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Israel is ready to unveil a new “Iron Beam” system that can intercept short and low-flying rockets that the Iron Dome cannot stop.

A big plus for the Iron Beam system is that it uses a laser to hear and explode warheads, a system far less costly than the $50,00-a-piece Iron Dome anti-missile missile.

The Iron Beam can knock out incoming rockets as far as slightly more than four miles away. Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, which also makes the Iron Dome systems, will show off the Iron Dome next month at an air show in Singapore.

With the advanced Arrow III, designed to take out long-range missiles, and David’s Sling that is being tested to intercept medium-range missiles, and Iron Dome for short-range rockets, the Iron Beam will give Israel multi-layer defense against incoming missiles and rockets.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Sequester Cuts Military Aid to Israel by Small Amount

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

The United States told Israel the sequester axe fell lightly on Israel and that the cut in military aid will amount to $144 million or 5 percent, instead of the originally planned 8 percent of the $3.1 billion aid program.

Finance Ministry sources told the Globes business newspaper that “reliable sources” notified Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz of the decision.

The ministry said that despite the reaction, Israel actually will receive more in this year than it 2012. Mush of the aid is funneled back to the United States for American equipment and technology.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told visiting Defense Minister Ehud Barak last week that the sequester cut would not affect the Arrow and David’s Sling anti-missile programs.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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