DAVID’S SLING: Israel’s new long-range missile interceptor passes test and shoots down first target

The short-range Iron Dome was very impressive last week as it protected many Israeli cities from rocket attacks by Islamic terrorists in Gaza like Hamas. Now Israel is testing a new system called David’s Sling which is a mid to long-range missile interceptor designed to compliment both the Iron Dome and the long-range Arrow system as it will take out heavier missiles like those used by Hezbollah.

Here’s an image showing the ranges of specific rockets and missiles David’s Sling is made to take intercept, if they were fired from Lebanon.

TIMES OF ISRAEL – A new mid- to long-range missile interceptor being developed by Israel successfully shot down a rocket in its first test Sunday, taking a major step toward completing Israel’s missile defense shield, the Defense Ministry said.

The David’s Sling, with an operational range of 70-200 kilometers, will complement Israel’s Iron Dome short-range and Arrow long-range missile defense systems.

The Iron Dome system became the darling of Israel last week as it shot down hundreds of rockets, often in quick succession, during the country’s eight-day engagement with the Gaza Strip.

The David’s Sling system, designed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Raytheon, is to be capable of taking down missiles with warheads of up to half a ton.

The test was conducted the same day that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened to rain down missiles on the entirety of Israel, “from Kiryat Shmona to Eilat.”

The Lebanon-based group is thought to have an arsenal of thousands of rockets and missiles, many of them supplied by Iran via Syria, that would threaten much of the country in a war. In 2006, a month-long war with the terror group saw thousands of Katyusha rockets launched against towns in Israel’s north.

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  • I love the name! Excellent. I wish they didn’t have to use it, but I’m glad they’ve got the ingenuity to make it.

    • GreenBeretWay

      I’m waiting for an interceptor that will “Sling” those missiles right back into the enemies lap.
      Keep firing Hamas,we got something for ya. Dome’s got a baby brother now.

      • Rshill7

        Baby brother? If the Dome fired Oscar Meyer Wieners, David’s Sling would fire foot long Philly Cheese Steaks…heavy on the peppers.

        Sounds like Big Brother to me.

        But dat don’t mean we can’t still be soul mates 🙂

        • mmmm philly cheese steak…. 🙂

        • GreenBeretWay

          Hey we don’t want to hurt the Big Dome’s feelings.
          There is a new kid in town.Introductory stages.
          Sling boy still has to prove himself.

          For now we’ll call I’ll him a companion-ator. Like Nero on SOA!!

      • Conservative_Hippie

        LOL, makes me think of the phrase, “I’m rubber you’re glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you!” Only it’s not words that are bouncing.

      • Rshill7

        Oh, I see, you’e talking about a different thangamasling.

  • Patriot077

    Just in time, too! Meanwhile, more weapons are headed to Hamas through Egypt via the tunnels. They aren’t wasting any time replenishing their stockpiles.

    • Orangeone

      Barky Boy’s plan. Bibi is much too smart to fall into the trap of trusting mooslims.

  • wodiej

    God bless them.

  • sjmom

    Meanwhile, what is going on with our missile defense system? Israel’s got it together do we?

    • Russia and China are no longer a threat. 🙂

      • sjmom

        Really???? mmmmmmm

      • Conservative_Hippie

        LOL, I love sarcasm!

      • Constance

        Correct! All is well in the world. Just think of them as a big stuffed Russian bear and a big stuffed Chinese panda. Just fuzzy-wuzzy friends of ours with fuzzy-wuzzy hearts. 🙂

  • Conniption Fitz

    Just the thing for taking on the Philistine Goliath.

    • Conservative_Hippie

      Some things don’t change in 5,000 years

  • aussieguy64

    …And the Left keep portraying the Israelis as the bad guys. *rolls eyes*

  • Well, Israel is definitely going to need it. The rockets fired from Gaza were only a dress rehersal for what’s to come. Hezbollah in southern Lebanon will strike as soon as Iran tells them to. Once Iran gets its nuclear bomb, that time will come and Israel will face rockets from Gaza, Lebanon, and possibly even Egypt and Syria. I wish the Israelis a lot of luck. With Obama in the White House, they are certainly going to need it.

  • Conservative_Hippie

    “David’s Sling” – has a nice retro-rad sound to it!


    “David’s Sling” – let’s rock and roll!


  • deeme

    God Bless them they need all the help they can get..

  • Rshill7

    I wonder if these thingamabombs will fire without having to intercept something? Can you fire them at a missile or building still on the ground?

    I’ll bet they’ll fire on a plane, but at a terrorist in the rain? Could you launch them from a truck, with just one serious, steel-eyed, duck? Could you hit a hack at night, or only inbound missile in outbound flight?

    I do not like green eggs and ham, but like this Sling of David “I am”.

    • GreenBeretWay

      Can you launch them from a bus?
      Make those Jihadist cuss.

      Can you launch em from trains?
      Splatter some evil brains.

      Will they fire from a ship?
      Bust a terrorist’s lip.

      A steel-eyed Duck?
      Oh,look out she’ll blast them into deep muck.

      (I had a better one that rhymes with Duck.I’ll just leave it at that)

      • DOH! You did my favorite story book silly. You’re lucky you found a good word to rhyme with Duck 🙂 You made me lol.

  • anneinarkansas

    Hezbollah is as dangerous as Hamas….Shia followers from Iran.
    David’s Sling is a fantastic name for the system.

  • Constance

    Well, I’m seeing on the news tonight that Israel has detected what appears to be Iranian shipments of weapons on the move. Going to Egypt and the loons in Hamas, I’m sure. Let’s see, what’s Obama doing today? Anybody hear from the bastion of intellect, Mrs. Rodham-Clinton lately? How about any of the GOP leadership? Anybody? tap-tap-tap….hello?

    • Rshill7


      I don’t know about the “bastion of intellect” but the Hound of Bastardville is out howling at the crescent moon.

      • I like that description! Draws a cool mind image! 🙂

  • BMinPA

    Deployment of the Iron Dome was a watershed event in the Arab-Israeli warfare. However, it is not ultimately economical to just rely on that one defense. It is not hard to overwhelm the system with decoys. The supply lines must be interdicted. Israel has failed miserably in this regard.

    • Israel also know how to keep it’s mouth shut. Just because we don’t hear about the IDF interrupting supply lines does not mean it does not happen. It’s NObama that keeps giving away national security secrets to his friend in Hollywood while he continues to spike the ball on Bin Laden as if he personally was there and took the shot and not the Brave Navy SEALs that did the work!

  • Constance

    Oh-Oh…. the tents are back up in Tahrir Square tonight. Arab Spring Redux!

  • Dodoforever Canspell

    I had an optical illusion just now. At first sight the pic (not the map above, the other one) looked like chunks of pork poking out of gun barrels.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Israel continues to support their military and funnel money into it to keep these excellent innovations coming along… mainly because they have to. Meanwhile, the new moocher-centric nation of America takes money away from key military programs and personnel in order to feed the parasites who are preying on America’s very soul. With this destructive direction in this very dangerous time, I wonder who will survive longer?

    Israel will outlast us because God has their back. America had the same assurance situation when we loved God more than ourselves… but that may be waning now. As long as America keeps aborting babies in the millions, continuing a war on religion, persecuting Bible-believers, embracing homosexuality and letting Atheists run amok with new repressive laws, we can’t be sure anymore can we? Especially when our pResident is out of the closet and promotes these abominations.

    Obama Nation = Abomination.

  • dlg1956

    Give Imam Obama time and they will get the keys to blind this missile, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbullah, Iran and the Saudi’s will demand it.

    Raytheon will have a big target on their back from this administration very soon.

  • colliemum

    This is another excellent example of both the ingenuity of Israeli scientists, and that messing with the IDF is not a good idea.

    What is it with all those Jew Haters that they can never see what is so clear: that the Jews, that Israel is a force for good in this world?

  • KenInMontana

    And to think they called Reagan nuts for pursuing SDI.

  • Jay

    That’s great. Now they need one that will follow the missile track back to the terrorist who will then go to his paradise, known to most folks as “Hell.” Just think of the great system they could have if they had an ally in North America.

  • Yazz55

    While defensive missile systems such as iron dome and this new developmental one are good, I feel that too much reliance is being put on defensive systems. They’re not perfect or able to shoot down 100% of incoming missiles all of the time. Over time, the missile firing arab and muslim terrorists could even develop ways to defeat or evade these systems.

    I’d prefer to see a more offensive tact, like bombing any and all missile launching areas to smithereens, so they look like Dresden did after the WW2 RAF bombing raids.

    • Or Coventry after the relentless Nazi bombings.

  • FutureOnePercent

    Isaiah 54:17

    No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
    And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
    You shall condemn.
    This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
    And their righteousness is from Me,”
    Says the Lord.


    I do rest easier in my bed at night with this news.