Israel Fires David’s Sling in Combat for First Time

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On July 23, the Israeli Air Defense Command fired the David’s Sling theater-range missile defense system against two Syrian SS-21 Scarab missiles estimated to be directed at Israel. The air defense system originally calculated the terminal trajectory of the Syrian missiles to be inside Israeli territory and deployed two Stunner hit-to-kill interceptors. Some time into the missiles’ flight, the David’s Sling system determined the Syrian missiles’ target to be within Syrian territory, and the interceptors were ordered to self-destruct. One Stunner was confirmed to self-destruct, while it remains unclear if the other intercepted a Scarab, self-destructed, or fell in Syria.

UPDATE: A report from July 25 indicated the second interceptor missile landed inside Syrian territory after the order to self-destruct.

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Jenevieve Molenda, "Israel Fires David’s Sling in Combat for First Time," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, July 23, 2018, last modified July 27, 2018,