In the system’s first combat test, the Israeli Air Force said on Wednesday that it had utilized the “David’s Sling” anti-missile system to intercept rockets fired from the Gaza Strip at the entity’s center.
While the device being discussed—previously known as the “magic wand” and now known as “David’s Sling”—can intercept heavy missiles and drones with a range of 40–300 km.
As the system was created in collaboration with the Israeli business Rafael, which specializes in designing cutting-edge combat systems, and the American company Right On, each Stunner interceptor missile costs $1 million.
The system is built to intercept large missiles and comes with a very advanced “electro-optical” radar. Finland and the Israeli business recently signed a contract under which Finland will pay approximately $500 million for the system.
The missile can go up to 300 kilometers at high altitudes and has a speed of 2.55 km per second.
The “Chetes 2-3” system is thought to be more advanced than the Iron Dome system and the “rays of light” system, which are currently being developed to intercept laser missiles.
There was no need to activate the system because the Iron Dome system was already in place, according to Hebrew media sources, who also claimed that the system’s usage against one of the rockets fired from the Gaza Strip was done to promote the system.