“Declaring a world first, Defense Ministry pits all three tiers of its system against various threats, demonstrating a ‘capability that currently only Israel has’”

Israel stages major air defense drill, proving it can shoot down cruise missiles
by Judah Ari Gross
December 15, 2020

The Defense Ministry completed a major, unprecedented air defense exercise this month, which tested the abilities of the country’s three tiers of missile defense systems against a variety of aerial threats, officials said Tuesday. In the drill, which the ministry deemed a glowing success, the various air defense detection systems and batteries were required to communicate with one another and intercept several types of targets, including rockets, unmanned aerial vehicles and — critically — cruise missiles simultaneously. The exercise, made up of a series of trials, was focused primarily on testing the capabilities of a new version of the medium-range David’s Sling air defense system, which is currently under development, as well as new capabilities of the Iron Dome. READ MORE

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