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Stunner / Magic Wand

As of early 2008 the Stunner missile was being developed jointly by the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and the U.S. defense contractor Raytheon as a counter to medium-range missiles and rockets. Stunner was likely to become operational in four years. Because of the advanced technologies involved, the estimated cost of each individual missile was the relatively high sum of several hundred thousand dollars. The missile is meant to serve as the interceptor element of a defensive system called Magic Wand. The system is meant to provide a defense against missiles and rockets whose range is between 40 and 250 kilometers. Magic Wand will probably be incorporated in the future into a defensive structure that Israel is developing to counter rockets and missiles. The first layer of this defensive structure will include Iron Dome, which Rafael is developing against Qassam and Katyusha rockets.



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