Israel successfully tests intercontinental missile interceptor system


The Arrow 3 launch

The Israeli Ministry of Defense has successfully completed the first flight test of its Arrow 3 missile defense system.

Arrow 3 is designed to defend against ballistic missiles which travel outside of the atmosphere in space during their flight, such as intercontinental missiles.

The interceptor missile is part of Israel’s defense array, which is based on four layers: Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 systems.

The Arrow 3 test was conducted in central Israel by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and the Israeli Air Force. The Arrow 3 interceptor was launched and completed its mission, the Israeli Ministry of Defense said in a tweet.

The Arrow 3 interceptor has been developed by Boeing and IAI alongside the US Missile Defense Agency, which also supported the recent test.

“The success of the Arrow 3 test is a major milestone in the operational capabilities of the State of Israel and its ability to defend itself against current and future threats in the region,” said the Israeli Defense Ministry in a statement.

Additional tests of the Arrow 3 are planned in Alaska, USA, later this year.

February 21, 2018

21 February 2018

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