In face of a possible confrontation with Iran, the Israel Air Force will take delivery in the coming weeks of a new and improved Arrow-2 missile interceptor in an effort to bolster its defenses in face of growing regional threats.
Work on an upgraded interceptor called “Block 4” was revealed by The Jerusalem Post in April. The upgraded missile contains new software aimed at improving the system’s ability to defend against long-range ballistic missiles such as Iran’s Shahab and Sajil and Syria’s Scud D missiles.
The Arrow-2 is Israel’s upper tier missile defense system, complemented by the Iron Dome for short-range rockets and the David’s Sling, which is under development and to be used against medium-range rockets and cruise missiles.
In the coming months, the Defense Ministry plans to hold its first interception test of the Arrow 3, a new higher-level system that will provide Israel with a number of chances to intercept incoming enemy missiles.