BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The United States and Israel dually tested the new Arrow 3 missile defense system on Tuesday morning, the Israeli Ministry of Defense announced.
According to the Israeli Ministry of Defense, the test launch began shortly before 6:45 A.M. (local time) as a dummy missile was launched off the coast of Israel.
“Following the launch, the Arrow’s radar spotted the target on its radar array and transferred the data to its fire management center, which analyzed it and fully planned the interception. Once the planning was completed, an Arrow 3 interceptor was fired at the target, which completed its mission with complete success,” the ministry said in a statement, as quoted by the Times of Israel.
“The test was conducted by the Defense Ministry’s Missile Defense Organization and the US Missile Defense Agency, with assistance from the Israeli Air Force and Israeli Aerospace Industries, which manufactures the Arrow 3,” the Times of Israel continued.
“This successful test provides confidence in Israel’s capability to protect itself from existing threats in the region.” said MDA 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,” he added.
According to the Times of Israel, “the Arrow 3 system, a more advanced model of the Arrow and Arrow 2 models, was declared operational in January 2017. The air defense system, developed as a joint project with the US, is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles — like those Israel fears Iran may one day launch at it — while the incoming projectile is still outside the earth’s atmosphere.”
“The success of this test presents an important milestone in the operational capabilities of the State of Israel in defending itself against current and future existential threats,” the Defense Ministry added as well.