In Test, Israel and U.S. Successfully Link Missile Defense Systems

Operation examined how two systems could be synchronized in event of attack on Israel, focusing on interception of ballistic missiles.

Provided by the Israeli Ministry of Defense, the photo shows a launch of the David's Sling missile defense system, December 21, 2015.
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The Defense Ministry has announced that the Israeli and American missile defense agencies recently completed a test in which their respective defense systems were successfully linked together.

The test examined how the two systems could be synchronized so that in the event of an emergency or attack, the two systems would base their responses on the same situational assessments and, if necessary, intercept threats directed at Israel.

According to the ministry, the test examined the physical hookup between the U.S. and Israeli systems in the United States and in other locations around the world.

The Israeli systems participating in the synchronization were the David’s Sling missile interception system and the Arrow antimissile systems – both the current one and Arrow 3, which has not yet become operational.

Dozens of staffers in both countries were involved in the test.

David’s Sling (also known as Magic Wand) is for use against tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles. The system is slated to be declared operational later this year, after its integration into the Israel Air Force began in March. Arrow and Arrow 3 are antiballistic missiles.

A few months ago, the defense establishment completed its final series of tests on the interception system, which is meant to cope with Hezbollah rocket threats.