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David’s Sling rockets back into Polish contest

The Polish government is facing a dilemma that has billions of dollars in the balance – the selection of an air defence system to best answer the country’s operational needs. On the face of it, the Polish authorities narrowed the scope of the dilemma when they announced the finalists in the Wisla programme – Raytheon’s Patriot […]

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Allies to a point – the Israeli defence export dilemma

The USA is considered to be Israel’s main ally, yet again and again, it is causing Israeli industry to lose huge defence projects in third countries. The Israeli government accepts this because the USA provides it with billions of dollars in defence aid every year, but US action has now prompted a further debate in […]

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Nature, politics and the growing need for missile defence systems

Nature does its part, even if it takes time. The nature in this case is Israel’s multi-tiered rocket and missile defence system. Some of the tiers are operational, others in accelerated development. The world knows that the threats directed towards Israel have resulted in an operational defence system that other countries can only dream of. […]

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Jumping for joy after David’s Sling success

Israelis and Americans in a heavily fortified control room in a military range in southern Israel jumped for joy and expressed their feelings very loudly. All this happened yesterday morning, seconds after two metal objects collided in the sky above the desert and filled the air with burning pieces of metal. The radar and the […]

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Rocket threats – many countries want to be protected

Until some years ago rockets looked like a threat specific to a limited number of countries. The shortlist was headed by South Korea and Israel – Israel has been attacked by short- and long-range rockets from Lebanon and the Gaza strip, while South Korea is faced by such threats from North Korea. This situation has […]

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The low-profile capability of “David’s Sling”

When Israeli officials talk about the “David’s Sling” long-range rocket interceptor system, its capability to intercept cruise missiles is somewhat downplayed.The system is being developed by Rafael in co-operation with Raytheon to serve as another layer in Israel’s multi-tiered defence system against rockets and ballistic missiles.In November 2012, Rafael and the Israeli Missile Defence Organisation […]

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Indian army shows interest in Iron Dome interceptor

The Indian army may become one of the first foreign customers for Rafael’s Iron Dome rocket interceptor. Recently, the Indian navy declared that it is not interested in the Israeli system, which achieved a 90% kill rate during recent fighting in the Gaza strip. The army, on the other hand, is showing great interest. In […]

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Improving the shield to deal with growing threat

The growing threat from countries with a huge arsenal of long-range missiles, some with chemical warfare warheads, is forcing Israel to improve its defences. The Arrow air defence system, designed to intercept long-range ballistic missiles, will continue to evolve this year with a wide range of improvements and upgrades.  Some of the new improvements include […]

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The war behind the war – interceptor vs laser

Even after the impressive success of the Rafael Iron Dome rocket interceptor, there are still some people in Israel – in the defence establishment and outside it – that dream about a laser-based defence system against rockets. This has been a real war between two totally opposed approaches – one that said that only a […]

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Israeli missile defence – the upper layer gets thicker

While many countries, including the US, are struggling to deploy anti-ballistic missile systems, Israel is upgrading its operational Arrow system and it will be more capable as time passes.   The Israeli Air Force’s (IAF’s) two operational Arrow anti-ballistic missiles interceptor batteries will soon be equipped with improved missiles.   The improved missiles have a […]

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