Report: Russia In Possession of David’s Sling Interceptor

A David’s Sling missile that landed intact in Syria in July 2018 was recovered by Syrian forces and transferred to Russia for examination, a Chinese news site reported Wednesday. The IDF estimates that the report is correct

David's Sling system (Archive photo: IMOD)

An advanced Israeli missile that was fired to intercept rockets from Syria has been recovered by the Syrian military and handed over to the Russians for study, Chinese SINA news site reported Wednesday.

According to the report, on July 23, 2018, two David’s Sling missiles were launched against several rockets that had been fired from Syria at Israel.

An internal IDF investigation revealed that the David’s Sling system determined that at least one of the Syrian missiles would land in Israeli territory, and it was decided to launch an interceptor. When it became clear that the attacking missile’s course had changed, it was decided to destroy the interceptor in mid-air.

However, a second interceptor that was launched shortly afterward did not hit its target and landed in Syria Syrian territory without suffering any major damage.

The report adds that a Syrian military force was dispatched to the area and found the Israeli missile, which was taken to a Russian-Syrian base and then flown to Moscow, most likely for reverse engineering.

The IDF estimates that the report is correct. It is safe to assume that the Russians have studied the missile thoroughly. The fear is that the secret technology developed in Israel will be used as leverage against Jerusalem, or worse – reach enemy hands.

David’s Sling, formerly known as Magic Wand, is an advanced missile defense system jointly developed by Rafael and Raytheon. It is designed to intercept enemy planes, drones, tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles.

 

[Sources: JNS, Jewish Press, The Times of Israel]