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Israel’s “David's Sling” evangel to GCC as system passes Intercept Tests 4 January, 2016

The Israel Missile Defence Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of Defence Research and Development (DDR&D) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully completed a series of tests of the David's Sling Weapon System at Negev Desert. This test series were the final milestone before declaring delivery of an operational system to the Israeli Air Force in the first quarter of 2016. The result also means good news for Gulf Cooperation Council member countries as they expect to use same defence system against Iran.
The system also called Magic Wand, is designed to intercept the newest generation of tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles, fired at ranges from 40 km (24.85 miles) to 300 km (186.41 miles). David's Sling will protect areas above the short-range Iron Dome and under the upper-atmospheric Arrow-2, particularly against threats like Syrian Khaibar-1 302 mm rockets and the Iranian Fateh-110 used by Hezbollah, as well as the Scud-B. The name David's Sling comes from the biblical story of David and Goliath.In May 2015, US President Barack Obama met with key leaders from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to craft an outline for U.S. – GCC partnership moving forward, addressing the GCC’s concerns over the forthcoming nuclear deal with Iran. In October 2015, it is declared that all six countries of the GCC (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar. Oman, Kuwait) were interested in procuring the Israeli David's Sling missile defence system as a response to the Iranian missile threat. 


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