David’s Sling additionally previously often known as the Stunner or the SkyCeptor, is an Israel Protection Forces navy system being collectively developed by the Israeli protection contractor Rafael Superior Protection Techniques and the American protection contractor Raytheon, designed to intercept enemy planes, drones, tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles, fired at ranges from 40 km (24.85 miles) to 300 km (186.41 miles). The missile system is modular, scalable, and versatile to tailor-fit the world and topology to be defended. David’s Sling interceptor (Stunner/ SkyCeptor) delivers superior kinematics, maneuverability and lethality by combining novel modern steering management, multi-pulse propulsion and a next-generation seeker into a light-weight airframe.

The interceptor is a two-stage missile, with two focusing on and steerage methods put in in its nose-tip (a radar and an electro-optical sensor). In 2006 Rafael was awarded a contract to develop a protection system to counter the specter of medium- to long-range rockets with ranges between 70 and 250 km (43 and 155 mi). With the intention to allow Israel to utilize the monetary support offered by the US to additional develop the system and to supply it, a partnership was established with Raytheon which developed the missile firing unit and total logistic system and assisted Rafael with creating the interceptor. In a few of Raytheon’s publications, the interceptor is known as “Stunner”.


Rafael Superior Protection Techniques David’s Sling (Stunner/SkyCeptor) Missile System

David’s Sling is supposed to bolster the second tier of Israel’s theater missile protection system. The title David’s Sling comes from the biblical story of David and Goliath. It would type one degree of Israel’s future multi-tiered missile protection system that Israel is creating, which will even embrace Arrow 2, Arrow 3, Iron Dome, and Barak 8 and Iron Beam from as early as 2020. On 25 November 2012, Israel efficiently examined the Stunner interceptor missile. In July 2013, Raytheon revealed it was working with worldwide companions to develop a brand new air-defense missile system. The system is predicated on the AN/MPQ-53 radar from the MIM-104 Patriot, a Kongsberg/Raytheon Hearth Route Heart, and the Rafael Stunner surface-to-air missile.

In August 2013, Raytheon and Rafael started to hunt funding for a fourth-generation Patriot intercepting system, referred to as the Patriot Superior Reasonably priced Functionality-4 (PAAC-4). The system goals to combine the Stunner interceptor from the collectively funded David’s Sling program with Patriot PAC-3 radars, launchers, and engagement management stations. The 2-stage, multimode searching for Stunner would change single-stage, radar-guided PAC-3 missiles produced by Lockheed Martin. The Missile Protection Company has stated that the U.S. Military is contemplating use of the Stunner as a possible answer to future U.S. navy necessities. In February 2015, Israel requested the US Congress for $250M in further help in producing David’s Sling.