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Russia could replicate advanced Israeli anti-aircraft system after recovering intact missile in Syria

David's Sling is Israel's advanced anti-air system [Getty]

Date of publication: 6 November, 2019

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Russian scientists are investigating an Israeli missile captured in Syria.
Scientists in Moscow are researching the technology behind Israel's advanced anti-aircraft systems, after the Syrian regime handed Russia an intact missile that was discovered in the country last year.

A missile from Israel's David's Sling missile system was found intact in Syria in July 2018, after failing to explode when intercepting a projectile, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Syrian forces were sent to the scene and found the missile, which only had minor damages, before handing it over to Russian authorities.

After being delivered to a Russian airbase in Syria, it was then sent to Moscow for research.

Chinese media reported that the scientists were conducting "reverse engineering" to uncover some of the secrets behind the Israeli technology.

David's Sling, originally known as Magic Wand, was developed by Israel military manufacturers Rafael Advanced Defence Systems and the Raytheon from the US.

It is designed to down drones, missiles and planes and acts as a "middle layer of defence systems" between Iron Dome and the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3.

Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes on Iranian-linked targets in Syria, since the outbreak of war in the country in 2011. 

Most of the airstrikes have been concentrated on Iranian military targets in the southwest and around Damascus, but the campaign has been expanded to the east of the country.

Iran-linked militias have also been accused of attempting to send weaponised drones to Israel.

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