Arrow-3 in Alaskan test campaign
The Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD) has led a successful test campaign of the Arrow-3 weapon system, it was announced on 28 July.
The test was carried out in Alaska, US, with the support of the MoD’s Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development, and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), with the participation of the Israeli Air Force.
The Arrow-3 weapon system is designed to intercept exo-atmospheric ballistic missiles. The recent testing saw Flight Test Arrow 01 successfully demonstrate hit-to-kill interceptions of high altitude exo-atmospheric targets. A US military AN/TPY-2 radar was used and operational interoperability was validated.
The Arrow-3 Weapon System is a major component of Israel's multi-layered defence array, which also includes Iron Dome, David's Sling and Arrow-2 weapon systems.
Vice Adm John Hill , director, MDA, said: ‘These successful tests mark a major milestone in the development of the Arrow weapon system. This unique success in Alaska provides confidence in future Israeli capabilities to defeat the developing threats in the region.
‘My congratulations to the IMDO, our MDA team and our industry partners. We are committed to assisting the government of Israel in upgrading its national missile defence capability to defend the State of Israel and deployed US forces from emerging threats.’
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