Israel conducted a successful test of the Arrow 2 ballistic missile defense
system off the coast of California early on Tuesday morning, when it destroyed a
target simulating an Iranian ballistic missile.
It was the 18th test of
the Arrow, and the second in which the modified Arrow 2 was tested in its
entirety, along with the Green Pine radar manufactured by Israel Aerospace
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The test was conducted jointly by the IAF, the Defense
Ministry’s Homa Missile Defense Agency and the US Missile Defense Agency. The
Arrow is a project developed in cooperation by the IAI and Boeing.
Arrow interceptor was launched at around 10:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time from a
US Navy base along the California coast and intercepted a missile fired from a
nearby navy vessel. Defense officials said the “enemy” missile impersonated a
“future threat that Israel could one day face in the region.”
officials lauded the successful launch as another indication of Israel’s defense
capabilities in the face of Iran’s continued quest for a nuclear weapon. They
said that the Arrow system could protect Israel from all of the missiles in
The Green Pine Radar – an integral part of the Arrow
missile defense system – detected the enemy missile and, after identifying it,
related the information to the Arrow battery, which launched the missile
Arieh Herzog, head of the Homa Missile Defense Agency, said
the Arrow system worked as designed and completely destroyed the
The interceptor used in the test incorporated new software that
will now be installed in all of the Arrow interceptors currently in IAF
“This test is important for Israel as it prepares to counter the
ballistic missile threat in the region,” Herzog said. “This test proves the
success of the system after it underwent new upgrades.”
Ehud Barak said the test was an important milestone in the Israel’s development
of missile defense systems. Last week, the IAF successfully tested the Iron Dome
counter-rocket defense system ahead of its planned deployment in southern
The US Missile Defense Agency released a statement saying that
the success provided confidence in Israel’s operational capabilities to defeat
the developing ballistic missile threat.
Israel and the US are also
jointly moving forward with the development of Arrow 3, which will be called
Reshef (Flash) in Hebrew. The first flyout test of the Arrow 3 is scheduled for
later this year and the system is expected to become operational in 2015.
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