David's Sling, Israel's advanced SAM, seized by Russian army after landing in Syrian territory

David’s Sling, Israel’s advanced SAM, seized by Russian army after landing in Syrian territory

By Dario Leone
Nov 10 2019
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The SAM was retrieved and neutralized and then shipped to Russia, to give Russian engineers an opportunity to study the advanced Israeli weapon up close.

A David’s Sling Israeli State-of-the-art surface-to-air missile (SAM) has been captured by the Russian army and taken back to Russia for study, according to reports from Russian and Chinese media outlets.

According to Israel National News, the reports claim that a David’s Sling SAM, which Israel fired last July to intercept two Syrian missiles fired at Israeli territory, was located by Russian military forces after it failed to detonate.

The missile was recovered by the Russian army (that barred publication of the missile’s discovery and recovery at the time) after the SAM failed to intercept its target and landed in Syrian territory.

The SAM was retrieved and neutralized and then shipped to Russia, to give Russian engineers an opportunity to study the advanced Israeli weapon up close.

The David’s Sling Missile System, which was developed by Israel and the United States, is part of Israel’s anti-missile defense system, with anti-ballistic missile capabilities.

Today’s battlefield presents a wide variety of aerial threats. An accurate, dynamic Air Situation Picture is crucial for identifying and assessing threats and planning their effective interception. Smart targets require interceptors with in-flight update capabilities and agile steering. As low-cost threats proliferate, the significance of the interceptor’s affordability is heightened.

David’s Sling’s advanced, multi-mission interceptor, also known as the Stunner and the SkyCeptor, provides an affordable, lethal hit-to-kill solution for the huge volume of asymmetric threats.

DAVID’s Sling enables “plug and play” insertion into the Patriot Family and other fielded air and missile defense systems. The launcher carries up to 12 stunner interceptors, launched in a near-vertical orientation. The seeker detects and tracks the most challenging targets in all weather.

Photo credit: Ministry of Defence/Flash90


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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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