JERUSALEM Ė The Israeli army announced on Monday that the Davidís Sling missile defense system will become fully operational in early April.
The Davidís Sling interceptor is intended to protect Israeli territories against medium range rocket threats, as well as cruise missiles.
A senior air defense officer confirmed to journalists that the defense system will be operational and ready for use within two weeks.
The system was jointly developed by Israeli defense company, Rafael, with American defense giant, Raytheon.
The multi-tier air defense missile system targets mid-range rockets, unlike the Iron Dome system, which was tested with more than a 95 percent success rate during the 2014 Gaza war against short range missiles.
The Israeli official explained that the new system covers almost all of the Israeli territories, with a range of between 75 to 300 kilometers (46 to 186 miles).
The defense system can also intercept modern missiles, intercontinental ballistic missiles, jet fights and unmanned air vehicles.
Israel began its missile defense program after the 1991 Gulf War, when Iraq targeted the Jewish state with 40 different Scud rockets.
Since then Israel has developed, through US funding, four different defense systems, including the Iron Dome, Arrow 2, Arrow 3 and Davidís Sling.