David’s Sling To Utilize Raytheon Technology

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Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Ariz., won




contracts totaling more than $100 million for development of the David’s Sling antimissile




system for Israel, according to an Oct. 26 Raytheon press release.



David’s Sling is a joint U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA)-Israel Missile Defense Organization system being developed to counter cruise and ballistic missiles with ranges up to 250 kilometers. A successful booster test of the system was conducted in February, and the first intercept test is scheduled to take place in 2010, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, director of the MDA, told Congress in May.



Raytheon received two contracts from




Israeli government-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.: one to develop the Stunner interceptor for David’s Sling, and another




to develop, produce and support the system’s firing unit, the release said


.