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IDF: David’s Sling was aimed at Syrian SS-21 missiles – and missed

Clarifying the alert over northern Israel on Monday, the IDF spokesman said that Syrian SS-21 air defense missiles were detected flying from east to west and calculated to strike Israel east of the  Sea of Galilee. These missiles have a 100km range and each carries a 500km warhead. The IDF decided to intercept them while still in flight and ordered a David’s Sling battery into action. But then, new calculations found the Syrian projectiles’ trajectory would come short of Israeli air space. At that point, one of the David’s Sling missiles was ordered to self-destruct. A second went missing.

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15 thoughts on “IDF: David’s Sling was aimed at Syrian SS-21 missiles – and missed

  • Jul 23, 2018 @ 22:04 at 22:04
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    “each carries a 500km warhead” – typo kg not km

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  • Jul 23, 2018 @ 22:06 at 22:06
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    ”……one of the David’s Sling missiles was ordered to self-destruct. A second went missing.”
    That reads like a total debacle.

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    • Jul 24, 2018 @ 0:30 at 0:30
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      More like the system didn’t work at all.

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    • Jul 24, 2018 @ 7:05 at 7:05
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      I am sure the Russians and Iranians are scouring the land looking for it to reverse engineer the technology.

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  • Jul 23, 2018 @ 22:30 at 22:30
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    It reads as incomprehensible. If one self destructed, then it didn’t miss. If the other was ordered to self destruct too, and it went missing, then it didn’t miss. The focus of the story evidently is that when the trajectories were re-calculated, the attempt to hit the Syrian missiles was abandoned. Better for a headline to conform to the story than to contradict it. And, maybe the reporter doesn’t know as much as he/she thinks, so better not to speculate.

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    • Jul 24, 2018 @ 9:12 at 9:12
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      Debra uses any excuse to criticize the IDF and the govt.

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  • Jul 23, 2018 @ 23:03 at 23:03
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    You guys at Debka seem like drinking heavily these days…

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  • Jul 23, 2018 @ 23:18 at 23:18
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    This post is a mess. Did the Russians hack DEBKA?

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  • Jul 24, 2018 @ 4:13 at 4:13
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    went missing? As in, landed in Syria where the Russians found it and are now taking it apart and flown back to Russia.

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  • Jul 24, 2018 @ 6:12 at 6:12
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    They just testing david

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  • Jul 24, 2018 @ 9:44 at 9:44
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    Who writes this incoherent nonsense for DEBKAfile?

    The SS-21 (NATO Name: Scarab) is NOT an “air defense missile.” Have the rebels in SW Syria who’ve recently surrendered suddenly developed a combat aviation capability? Don’t be ridiculous Debka!

    The SS-21 Scarab IS a short-range offensive ballistic missile designed to carry a miniaturized nuke, chemical or HE fragmentation warhead. Such firepower is used to take out high value tactical targets like enemy command and control or troop concentrations – as the Syrians have done multiple times during this war.

    What high value tactical targets are there for the Syrians to strike in the direction from launch point towards the Galilee? Thinking cap time Debka!

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  • Jul 24, 2018 @ 20:31 at 20:31
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    Russia now has the weapon? DEBKA must have read my post from last night:)

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  • Jul 24, 2018 @ 20:43 at 20:43
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    Perhaps they sent a defective technology to purposely cause them to copy something dysfunctional.

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  • Jul 25, 2018 @ 0:47 at 0:47
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    next time throw old dirty shoes. arabs understand that message.

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  • Jul 25, 2018 @ 9:53 at 9:53
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    order to self destruct what a waste.
    Go for some high value target in syria or lebanon

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