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IAF tests Arrow 3 interceptor missile

21st February 2018 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has successfully tested the Arrow 3 weapon system against a simulated target in space, the IAF announced on 19 February.

During the test, the target was detected by the weapon system's radar, the data was transmitted to the interception management center and the Arrow 3 missile was launched. Designated systems were installed on the missile in order to transmit unique data and enable a more effective analysis of the test results.

The Arrow 3 interceptor missile has been designed to defend against ballistic missile threats outside the atmosphere. Additional tests are expected in the US in 2018.

As a part of this test, the IAF examined the capabilities of the weapon system's new programme block. The new block has many improved defence capabilities with an emphasis on a larger radius and altitude of interception.

Commander of the Arrow Unit at IAF, said: ‘This was an operational test. We tested the Arrow 3 interceptor missile against a simulated target located thousands of kilometres away at an altitude of over 100 kilometres. This target was further and higher than any other target we've intercepted so far. The test shows the significant capabilities of the weapon system and its operators, capabilities which are now a part of the IAF's Aerial Defense Division.’

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