|Cost:||$1 million per interceptor ($850 million for development provided by the U.S. since 2006)|
|Acquired:||Initial components delivered in March 2016|
|Country of origin:||Israel with development and funding support from the United States|
|Manufacturer:||Interceptors: Rafael and Raytheon|
|Radar: Elta Systems|
|Battle management system: Elbit System|
|Introduced:||2016 (First tested in November 2012)|
|Class:||Medium-range air and missile defense system|
|Range:||25-186 miles (40-300 km)|
|Altitude:||49,213 ft (15 km)|
|Speed:||5,754 mph (Mach 7.5 / 9,261 km/h)|
|Propellant:||Multipulse solid rocket motor|
|Guidance System:||Radar and electro-optical|
|Missiles:||Stunner two-stage missile|
|Radar(s):||Elta Systems ELM-2084 multi-mission 3D Active Eelectronic Scanned Array (AESA) radar|
|Launch Platform:||16 canister trailer based launcher. Can also be rail launched.|
|Notes:||Intended to provide the low-to-middle tier defense layer (above Iron Dome but below Arrow 2) and replace Israel’s Patriot PAC-2 systems.|
|Will defend against long-range rockets, short-range ballisitic missiles, and slow-moving cruise missiles.|
|Uses Elbit’s Golden Almond command and control system.|
|Also called Magic Wand.|
- Jeremy M. Sharp, “U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel,” Congressional Research Service, June 10, 2015.
- “Stunner Missile Interceptor System, Israel,” Army-Technology.com, Kable, 2016.
- Raytheon/Rafael, Product Brochure, “Stunner – Terminal Missile Defense Interceptor,” 2007.
- Israel Aerospace Industries – ELTA Systems, Product Brochure, “Multi-Mission Radar Family – ELM-2084 MMR,” June 2014.
- AIPAC, Memo, “David’s Sling Addresses Growing Missile Threats,” April 29, 2015.
- Anthony H. Cordesman, Iran’s Rocket and Missile Forces and Strategic Options, (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), page 160.
- “Israel’s David’s Sling missile defense system set to begin advanced trials,” Xinhua, December 4, 2014.
- Yossi Melman, “Israel’s missile-defense system could crumble at the moment of truth,” The Jerusalem Post, October 26, 2013.
- Yuval Azulai, “David’s Sling to be operational this year,” Globes, January 4, 2015.
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S.2943 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 – Passed both Houses of Congress on December 8, 2016. Within the law several sections authorize military assistance to Israel, including:
- SEC. 1250. UNITED STATES-ISRAEL DIRECTED ENERGY COOPERATION.(a) Authority To Establish Directed Energy Capabilities Program With Israel.—(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary of Defense, upon the request of the Ministry of Defense of Israel, and with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, may carry out research, development, test, and evaluation activities, on a joint basis with Israel, to establish directed energy capabilities to detect and defeat ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, mortars, and improvised explosive devices that threaten the United States, deployed forces of the United States, or Israel. Any activities carried out pursuant to such authority shall be conducted in a manner that appropriately protects sensitive information and the national security interests of the United States and Israel. Continue reading “S.2943 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017” »
S.1356 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 – Signed into law on November 5, 2015. Within the law several sections authorize military assistance to Israel, including:
- (Sec. 1279) Authorizes DOD to carry out research, development, test, and evaluation jointly with Israel to establish anti-tunnel capabilities to detect, map, and neutralize underground tunnels that threaten the United States or Israel. Requires DOD, prior to carrying out the activities, to submit a report and certification to Congress regarding a memorandum of agreement between the United States and Israel addressing the sharing of costs, a framework for negotiating the rights to intellectual property developed, and reports on expenditures. Authorizes DOD to provide procurement, maintenance, and sustainment assistance to Israel in support of the anti-tunnel capabilities research, development, test, and evaluation activities authorized in this section if Israel matches the contribution. Requires DOD to designate a research and development entity of a military department as the lead agency in carrying out this section.
- (Sec. 1678) Authorizes appropriations to be provided to Israel for the Iron Dome short-range rocket defense system. Requires the funds to be subject to the “Agreement Between the Department of Defense of the United States of America and the Ministry of Defense of the State of Israel Concerning Iron Dome Defense System Procurement.” Requires DOD to submit to Congress prior to obligating funds: (1) a certification that the Agreement is being successfully implemented, and (2) an assessment of risks relating to the implementation of the Agreement.
- (Sec. 1679) Authorizes appropriations for procurement and coproduction of the Israeli David’s Sling Weapons System and the Arrow 3 Upper Tier missile defense system, subject to specified terms and conditions.
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- Amends the Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 to extend authority to: (1) make additions to foreign-based defense stockpiles, and (2) transfer certain obsolete or surplus Department of Defense (DOD) items to Israel.
- Authorizes the President to carry out U.S.-Israel cooperative activities and to provide assistance for cooperation in the fields of energy, water, homeland security, agriculture, and alternative fuel technologies.
- Amends the the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to extend the grant program for U.S.-Israeli cooperation on research, development, and commercialization of renewable energy or energy efficiency.
- Expresses the sense of Congress that the United States and Israel should increase cyber-security cooperation.
- Urges the President to provide assistance for enhancement of the David’s Sling Weapon System, the joint United States-Israel Arrow Weapon System, and the Iron Dome short-range rocket defense system.