David's Sling, also known as the "Magic Wand", joins the Iron Dome and Arrow systems, with all three missile interceptors jointly developed and funded by the us and Israel.
David's Sling, meant to counter medium-range missiles possessed by Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants in Lebanon, officially became operational at the ceremony, the military said.
The system, known as David's Sling, is a joint project by the Israel Missile Defense Organization and the US Defense Department's Missile Defense Agency. The system uses the same multi-mission radar developed by Elta Systems for the Iron Dome and serves as a bridge between the lower-tier Iron Dome and higher intercepting layers provided by the Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 systems.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense officials were in attendance at the ceremony launching David's Sling. It will make up the middle tier of Israel's multi-layer missile defense capabilities. -Gen. Zvika Haimovich, commander of the air force's Aerial Defense Division.
"We have an absolute obligation to the security of Israel's citizens", the PM noted, adding that "in the context of this obligation, we are working systematically to strengthen the offensive capability of the State of Israel against its enemies".
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"The David's Sling system joins our previous technological developments such as the Iron Dome and the Arrow systems", Netanyahu said. "Thanks to this system, we will be able to deal with our enemies, which we unfortunately have".
The system became operational Sunday amid heightened tensions along Israel's northern borders with Lebanon and Syria.
Arrow was recently used to intercept an anti-aircraft rocket fired at Israeli fighter jets by Syria last month.
Israel is also on alert in the south of the country after Gaza's Hamas rulers accused it of assassinating a member of the group.