A joint US-Israeli missile interceptor will be operational soon, completing Israel's multi-layer defense system, a senior Israeli air force official said on Tuesday. He said David's Sling, meant to counter medium-range missiles possessed by Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants in Lebanon, will be operational in early April, marking the completion of the system. That includes the Arrow, designed to intercept long-range ballistic missiles in the stratosphere with an eye on Iran, and Iron Dome, which defends against short-range rockets from Gaza. The official spoke anonymously in line with protocol.
Israeli deployed its Arrow system Friday when Syria fired a missile at its jets after they carried out airstrikes targeting a weapons convoy bound for Hezbollah. The official said the missile was identified as a ballistic threat and had a heavy warhead that could have landed inside Israel if not intercepted. David's Sling was developed by Israeli defense firm Rafael with American defense giant Raytheon.