Israel Successfully Tests ‘Arrow 2’ Missile Defense System

April 7, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Israeli military authorities said Tuesday they successfully tested the Arrow 2 ballistic missile defense system.  It was the first in which the recently modified Arrow 2 was tested in its entirety, along with a new radar system manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The test was conducted jointly by the IAF and the US Missile Defense Agency. The Arrow is a project developed in cooperation by the IAI and Boeing. “There was a successful test today of an improved Arrow [missile] that hit and intercepted a target more complicated than normal,” said Israel’s defence minister Ehud Barak, speaking to the media.

Two weeks ago, there was a successful test launch of the Iron Dome, which is designed to provide protection against short-range missiles and rockets such as Qassams and Grad rockets, while the Arrow system is intended for long-range, ballistic missiles that can come from enemy countries.  The arrow project is jointly funded by the United States and Israel, to provide a defence against ballistic missiles launched by Iran and Syria. It is rumored the United States may pull out of its partnership with Israel in the development of the Arrow-3 missile defense program and instead offer it the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) anti-ballistic missile system. Reports suggest that the SM-3 may offer several advantages over the Arrow; including far longer range taking on targets 170 miles above ground, compared to 60 miles for the Arrow. In addition, the SM-3 is also available in a naval version and can be mounted on ships.

Source: Jerusalem Post


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