Israel Test-Fires ‘Magic Wand’ Missile Shield After Iron Dome Failure
The testing was reportedly conducted in Negev Desert on Monday.
The interceptor missile system, which is called the “Magic Wand” or “David’s Sling,” is being co-developed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the American Raytheon Company.
The system is designed to intercept short-range ballistic missiles, large-caliber rockets and cruise missiles, as well as long-range rockets from a distance of at least 70 km. It is scheduled to become operational in 2014.
The Iron Dome missile shield only intercepted about 420 out of some 1,500 retaliatory rockets fired by the Palestinian resistance fighters into the Israeli cities during the recent Israeli onslaught on Gaza.
The landing of Hamas rockets in Israeli cities, which killed at least five Israelis, has raised serious questions on how the Israeli regime would protect itself in case of other retaliatory strikes.
An Egypt-mediated ceasefire agreement on November 21 ended eight days of Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip that killed more than 160 Palestinians and injured about 1,200 others.
The Israeli regime developed the Iron Dome with a 200-million-dollar fund from the United States. Washington plans to give Tel Aviv another $600 million for additional batteries and replacement missiles.
Tel Aviv is also working with the giant American aerospace corporation, Boeing, on another missile shield known as Arrow 3, designed to intercept missiles that can travel hundreds, even thousands of miles.