Israel’s newest missile defense system, designed to provide another layer of protection against enemy fire, is on schedule for deployment in 2014, the Associated Press reported Tuesday, November 13. David’s Sling, developed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and U.S.-based Raytheon Co., is designed to intercept projectiles with ranges of up to 180 miles. It is part of a multi-layered defense against incoming rockets and missiles. Two of the elements are already operational. Iron Dome has shot down dozens of rockets launched from the Gaza Strip with 80 percent effectiveness. Israel has also deployed the Arrow, a joint Israel-U.S. system meant to shoot down longer range missiles fired from Iran. The Jewish state has identified missile defense as a top priority, based on wartime experiences. Israel’s military intelligence chief earlier this year estimated that 200,000 enemy missiles and rockets are aimed at the country.