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Israel to Declare Air Defense Shield Fully Operational.

By Reuters

Israel's multi-tier air defense missile system will be fully operational early next month with the deployment of the David's Sling interceptor, a senior Israeli air force officer said on Monday. David's Sling, designed to shoot down rockets fired from 100 to 200 kilometers away, will be the final piece of a shield that already includes short-range Iron Dome and long-range Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 missiles.

Israel used Iron Dome extensively to intercept rockets fired by Palestinian terrorists in the 2014 Gaza war, and the Arrow missiles were developed with an Iranian missile threat in mind. David's Sling, developed and manufactured jointly by Israel's state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd and the U.S. Raytheon Co, would likely be used to intercept projectiles fired by the Iranian-backed Lebanese terrorist group Hizbullah, which last fought a war with Israel in 2006.

The Israeli military said it used an Arrow-2 on Friday to destroy an anti-aircraft missile, reportedly carrying 200 kg of explosive material, fired from Syria after Israeli aircraft carried out strikes there.

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