Arrow missile defense system successfully tested

Officials say the test demonstrates Israel's ability to defend itself in a future war.

By
February 10, 2012 13:48
1 minute read.
The Arrow missile defense sytem.

Arrow missile defense system launch 390. (photo credit: Ho New / Reuters)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

In the face of Iran’s continued pursuit of a nuclear weapon, Israel tested the Arrow missile defense system on Friday in what officials said was a successful demonstration of the country’s ability to defend itself in a future war.

At 11 a.m. Friday, an F-15 Israel Air Force (IAF) fighter jet launched a Blue Sparrow missile developed by Raphael to impersonate long-range Iranian ballistic missiles.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The Arrow’s radar and detection system, developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) detected the incoming “enemy” missile and tracked it together with the United States X-Band radar deployed in the Negev desert.

The Arrow interceptor was not launched during the test, in line with the parameters of the drill, which was carried out to test the system’s overall capabilities in detecting and tracking incoming enemy targets.

“This was a complicated test due to the way the missile operated and the objective of getting all the systems to work together,” explained Yair Ramati, head of Israel’s Homa Missile Defense Agency.

The Defense Ministry said the test was not connected to current events and was part of the Arrow system’s annual training regimen, but that it was a significant milestone, as it completes the development of Block 4 stage of the interceptor, which will be delivered to the IAF in the coming weeks.

The Arrow serves as Israel’s upper-tier missile defense system. Additional layers include the Iron Dome for short-range rockets and the soon-to-be-deployed David’s Sling, which is being developed to defend against medium-range rockets.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


Defense Minister Ehud Barak praised the successful test.

“This is an important technological achievement and an important step in Israel’s progress in the field of defense,” Barak said. “The successful test demonstrates once again the high technical capabilities of engineers, technicians and employees of Israeli defense companies which participated in the test.”

Israel and the United States are scheduled to hold the Austere Challenge missile- defense exercise later this year, likely in late October.

Senior American military officers from the European Command arrived in Israel recently to finalize plans to hold the exercise, which has been billed as the largest joint missile-defense exercise in the countries’ history.

The drill was initially scheduled for April and was supposed to see the deployment of thousands of US troops and various sophisticated American military equipment in Israel.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

idf hebron
August 22, 2014
Palestinians throw Molotov cocktail at IDF checkpoint in Hebron

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, TOVAH LAZAROFF