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Arrow Successfully Engages Ballistic Missile Target

The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) completed a successful flight test campaign with the Arrow-3 Interceptor missile.

A successful flight test of the Arrow-3 Interceptor missile has been conducted by the Israel Missile Defense Organization and US Missile Defense Agency / Image: MDA

Flight Test Arrow-01 demonstrated the Israeli Arrow Weapon System’s ability to conduct a high altitude hit-to-kill engagement. Interceptor tests were conducted that successfully destroyed target missiles. These tests were conducted at Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska (PSCA) in Kodiak, Alaska.

The Arrow-3 Interceptor successfully demonstrated an engagement capability against the exo-atmospheric target during the test. Although not part of the Israeli architecture, an US AN-TPY2 radar participated in the test. Preliminary analysis indicates that test objectives were successfully achieved.

The Arrow Weapon System is a central part of Israel’s multi-layer defense system. The defense system is based on four operational layers: Iron Dome Defense System, David’s Sling Weapon System, the Arrow-2, and the Arrow-3.

These successful tests mark a major milestone in the development of the Arrow Weapon System, said MDA Director Vice Adm. Jon Hill. This unique success in Alaska provides confidence in future Israeli capabilities to defeat the developing threats in the region. My congratulations to the Israel Missile Defense Organization, our MDA team, and our industry partners. We are committed to assisting the government of Israel in upgrading its national missile defense capability to defend the State of Israel from emerging threats, he added.

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