Syria reportedly recovered David’s Sling missile

07 November 2019

The Syrian military recovered a Stunner missile launched by Israel’s David’s Sling air-defence system, China’s Sina website reported on 2 November.

It said the missile was one of two fired at a Syrian OTR-21 Tochka (SS-21) ballistic missile launched after Israel shot down a Syrian aircraft.

This was an apparent reference to the first and only known operational use of David’s Sling on 23 July 2018 when the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed the system launched two Stunner interceptors against two Syrian Tochkas that were initially assessed to be heading towards Israel.

The Israeli media reported that it was subsequently assessed that the Tochkas would not land in Israeli territory, so one Stunner was ordered to self-destruct, but the second probably came down in Syria.

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