The Israel Missile Defense Organisation say it has successfully completed a test of the ‘Arrow 3’ Weapon System.
The Arrow-3 is designed to defend against ballistic missiles by targeting the threat outside of the atmosphere.
The test was reportedly conducted at a test site in central Israel and was led by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in collaboration with the Israeli Air Force.
The company say in a release that once the target was launched, the Arrow Weapon System radars detected it and transferred the data to the Battle Management Control which then ‘established a defence plan’. The Arrow-3 interceptor was launched toward the target and successfully completed its mission.
“This successful test provides confidence in Israel’s capability to protect itself from existing threats in the region” said US Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves.
“My congratulations to the Israel Missile Defense Organization, the Israeli Air Force, our MDA team, and our industry partners. We are committed to assisting the government of Israel in upgrading its national missile defense capability against emerging threats.”
The Arrow Weapon System is a major part of Israel’s multi-layered defense approach. This approach is based on four layers: Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow-2 and the Arrow-3 Weapon Systems. This test is a major milestone in the operational capabilities of lsrael and its ability to defend itself.
Arrow-3 interceptors were delivered to the Israeli Air Force in January 2017 for operational use.