debkafile: Israel is developing an interceptor for short-range ballistic threats, like the Hizballah’s Katyusha rockets
Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the US Raytheon, which developed the Patriot, are working on a cost-effective system that can intercept middle to long-range, low-cost rockets and missiles threatening civilian populations. Expected to be deployed not before 2012, the system dubbed “Stunner,” was unveiled by Rafael on Jan. 22. The project is estimated at around a quarter of a billion dollars .
The Stunner will be part of multi-layer missile interceptor system for defending Israel against short-range ballistic tactical threats, along with the Iron Dome which is two years from completion and the heavy-duty Arrow.