(JNS.org) Israel successfully tested the Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system on Monday, Israel Hayom reported. Conducted in central Israel, this marked the first flight test for the system’s interceptor missile, according to the Israeli Defense Ministry.
Arrow 3 is a joint project of the Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure and the U.S. Defense Department's Missile Defense Agency. It is considered to be the most innovative and revolutionary anti-missile system in the world.
The Defense Ministry said the Arrow 3 will enable Israel’s existing missile defense network to better deal with future threats. It is a central component of the multilayered aerial defense network being developed by Israel. The network includes Iron Dome (operational), David’s Sling (in development), Arrow 2 (operational) and Arrow 3 (in development).
Arrow 3 is meant to bolster Israel’s ability to intercept long-range ballistic missiles. It is designed to intercept such missiles outside the Earth's atmosphere in space.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak congratulated those involved in Monday’s test, calling it an “important milestone.”
Additional tests are expected in the next couple of years before the system becomes operational. Representatives from the Defense Ministry, the Israel Air Force, the U.S. Defense Department and various defense companies involved in the development of the Arrow 3 were present at Monday’s test.