(JNS.org) Israel reportedly intercepted a Syrian anti-aircraft missile Friday by utilizing the Arrow long-range missile defense system, marking that system’s first operational use in its 17 years of existence.
After Israeli Air Force jets struck and destroyed several terrorist targets in Syria overnight Thursday, the Arrow system intercepted the Syrian missile in Israeli airspace early Friday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed.
Reuters quoted an IDF source as saying that the Arrow system had identified an “incoming threat” and shot down the Syrian missile.
The Arrow system, a joint Israeli-American venture, is part of the Jewish state’s multilayered missile defense program. Other systems that have been jointly developed and funded by the U.S. and Israel include the Iron Dome, which intercepts short-range missiles and rockets, and David’s Sling, the missile defense program’s middle tier. Following the development of Arrow 1 and Arrow 2, the system’s forthcoming Arrow 3 iteration will have the capability to shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles outside of the Earth’s atmosphere.