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Bullseye: Israel Tests Arrow-3 Anti-missile System

January 19, 2022

by: Janet Aslin

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Arrow weapon system successfully engages ballistic missile target (illustrative)

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 | A test of the Arrow-3 missile defense system in central Israel early Tuesday morning was deemed a resounding success. Led by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the system’s primary developer, the exercise also included the participation of the Israel Air Force (IAF) and the US Missile Defense Agency.

The Arrow Weapons System (AWS), which includes the Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 missile interceptors, represents Israel’s first line of defense against long-range ballistic missiles. The Arrow-3, designed to intercept incoming missiles while still outside the Earth’s atmosphere, does not carry a warhead but destroys the target by crashing into it.

The Arrow-3 includes a complex system that consists of radar used to identify an incoming threat along with a firing management system that analyzes the trajectory of the incoming missile and then formulates the launch pattern needed to neutralize it.

Tuesday’s live test was the first such exercise since 2019. Improvements in the way the system detects incoming threats and prepares launch trajectories were among the breakthroughs observed.

Development of the Arrow-3 is a joint program between the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), a division of the Israel Defense Ministry, and the US Missile Defense Agency.

After the successful conclusion of the test, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said: “With every step forward, with every development, we equip the State of Israel with the capabilities to defend itself against developing threats. Our systems provide Israel with the freedom to maneuver strategically.”

Arrow-3 along with Arrow-2, David’s Sling and the Iron Dome make up Israel’s multi-layer defense system against short-, mid- and long-range missile attacks.

Given the regional threat Israel faces from Iran and its proxy terror groups, the nation cannot rest on what it has achieved so far, no matter how successful. Development on a more advanced Arrow-4 is currently underway.

Posted on January 19, 2022

Source: (Bridges for Peace, January 19, 2022)

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