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As the middle tier of Israel's missile defense apparatus, David's Sling is created to intercept mid-to-long-range ballistic missiles with ranges between 25-190 miles.

"We have an absolute commitment to the security of Israel", he said.

Israel unveiled on Sunday the latest addition to its multilevel missile defense system with David's Sling, a joint Israeli-U.S. project created to intercept medium-range missiles.

David's Sling, formerly known as Magic Wand, is an air-defense system created to intercept enemy planes, drones, tactical ballistic missiles, medium-to long-range rockets and cruise missiles.

"All Israeli citizens saw the implications of the Iron Dome system". At the time, the project was known as Short-Range Ballistic Missile Defense (SRBMD) to distinguish it from the much heavier and longer-range threats that the US-Israel Arrow was created to intercept.

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"David's Sling is a system that covers the ranges in between", Netanyahu said Sunday.

"Thanks to this system, we will be able to deal with our enemies, which we unfortunately have", the minister said.

David's Sling is meant to supplement the Iron Dome system, which targets short-range rockets, and the Arrow system for long-range ballistic missiles.

The Israel Air Force began taking deliveries of the system last month and will continue to expand its operational crews in the months and years ahead. The Arrow was put in use for the first time on March 17, when it intercepted an incoming Syrian anti-aircraft missile.

Along the southern borders, there have been several incidents of rockets being fired into Israeli territory from Gaza and the Sinai since the beginning of 2017. Unlike the blast warhead featured on the Iron Dome's Tamir intercepting missile, David's Sling's maneuverable, two-stage, hit-to-kill Stunner missile is created to destroy threats through sheer force of impact.


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