Israel and Iran have long been locked in a race to develop advanced missile technology, with both nations investing heavily in their military capabilities. The two countries have a history of hostility, with Iran’s leadership publicly calling for the destruction of Israel and Israel viewing Iran as its primary adversary in the region.

In recent years, the threat of missile attacks from Iran has become increasingly acute, with the country developing a range of ballistic missiles capable of striking targets inside Israel. In response, Israel has invested heavily in its missile defense capabilities, developing advanced systems like the Iron Dome and David’s Sling to counter the threat.

However, the emergence of hypersonic missiles presents a new challenge for Israeli defense planners. These weapons are able to travel at speeds of over five times the speed of sound, making them extremely difficult to intercept using traditional missile defense systems. That’s why RAFAEL’s Sky Sonic represents such a significant breakthrough, as it offers a promising new defensive response to this emerging threat.

Now, Israel’s focus on missile defense reflects its broader deterrence strategy, which seeks to dissuade its enemies from attacking by convincing them that the costs would be too high. Iran’s own missile program is similarly motivated by the desire for deterrence, as it seeks to project military power and defend against potential adversaries in the region. As such, the race for missile technology between these two nations will likely continue for the foreseeable future as each side seeks to maintain its strategic advantage.

Israel One Step Ahead?

The threat posed by hypersonic missiles has become increasingly concerning in recent years, prompting the development of advanced interceptors to safeguard national security. RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. recently unveiled its latest interceptor system, the “Sky Sonic,” designed to detect, track and intercept hypersonic missiles throughout their trajectory. This groundbreaking technology represents a major technological leap in hypersonic missile defense and propels Israel’s defense capabilities to the next level.


The Sky Sonic system is equipped with advanced sensors and algorithms that enable it to detect and track incoming threats within the 20-70 kilometer altitude range. It also features exceptional maneuverability and speed, allowing it to quickly identify and engage targets with precision and accuracy. The system is designed to complement existing defense systems like Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Iron Beam, providing an additional layer of protection against incoming threats.

“RAFAEL has identified a marked increase and arousing interest in the international arena with proven operational capabilities and a geopolitical reality that has created many opportunities,” Rafael’s chairman Dr. Yuval Steinitz said at a press briefing.