Israel, U.S. Successfully Test Arrow 3 Anti-ballistic Missile Defense System

A senior Israeli official calls the test an 'overall success that represents a technological leap in the ability to adapt and improve in the face of missile threat'

Yaniv Kubovich
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Arrow 3 test in Alaska, 2019.
Arrow 3 test in Alaska in 2019.Credit: Israel Defense Ministry
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

The U.S. and Israel conducted a successful test of the Arrow 3 Weapon System on Tuesday, designed to "intercept ballistic missiles outside the earth's atmosphere," the Defense Ministry said.

Led by the Israel Aerospace Industries in collaboration with the Israel Air Force and U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the test was conducted over central Israel. 

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According to the Defense Ministry, operational radars detected and identified target missiles, simulating long-range ballistic missiles, before intercepting them. 

Senior Israeli defense official Moshe Fattal called the test "groundbreaking and unprecedented," and an "overall success that represents a technological leap in the ability to adapt and improve in the face of the missile threat."

Defense Minister Benny Gantz hailed the drill for "allowing Israel the offensive freedom of action against our enemies, with the understanding that the best defense allows for the most effective attack."

Israel has expanded the number of systems in its missile interception capabilities in recent years, including the Iron Dome, Sky Dew for both missile and aircraft detection, David’s Sling (formerly known as Magic Wand) for mid-range targets and Arrow 3 for long-range ones.

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