First test of Arrow 3 missile defense system 'due soon'

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March 1, 2012 18:18

 
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A groundbreaking test of Israel's most advanced missile defense shield, the Arrow 3, will take place "soon," Itzhak Kaya, who heads the Arrow project for the Israel Aerospace Industries, said Thursday.

The Arrow 3 is designed to intercept Iranian Shihab and Sejil missiles above the atmosphere in space, by directly striking and destroying incoming projectiles.

The Arrow 2 system, which is operational, creates a layer of security lower down, within the atmosphere, where it is built to intercept long-range ballistic missiles by exploding near them.

Kaya, who spoke at a military technology conference at Airport City, near Ben Gurion International Airport, said previous recent tests of the US-funded Arrow 3's components have reaffirmed the system's reliability.

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