Israel Upgrading Missile Defense Systems

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israel continues to upgrade its missile defense system against long- and short-range ballistic missile attacks.

With Syria threatening to arm its Scud Ds with chemical payloads and Iran pursuing nuclear bombs to arm its Shahab series, Israel's three-tiered missile defense system is being honed to intercept short-, medium- and long-range missiles.

The Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 systems are being upgraded with enhanced radar systems, sensors and command and control equipment to intercept long-range ballistic missiles with more accuracy and at greater distances.

David's Sling, an interceptor for medium-range rockets, is being developed.

According to one senior Israeli defense official quoted by Jerusalem Post military correspondent Yaakov Katz, "the Arrow has the ability to intercept all of the long-range missiles currently threatening Israel."

Israel's defense industry is improving the Iron Dome batteries, as well. The Iron Dome has successfully intercepted Kassam and Katyusha rockets launched by Hamas and other Gaza-based Palestinian terror groups, but it will soon be able to intercept longer-range rockets.

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