The test was conducted jointly with the US, as part of a series of tests and developments in the Arrow anti-missile defense formation
Members of the Homa Administration in the Defense Ministry's Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, together with the US Missile Defense Agency, conducted the first test of the Arrow 3 interceptor missile this morning (Monday, February 25). The successfully completed test was performed at a testing-ground in the center of Israel, and is the first test of the capabilities of the Arrow 3 system.
The Ministry of Defense reported that the success of the test is an important milestone in building the operational capabilities of the State of Israel for dealing with the threats that it faces.
The Arrow 3 system is designed to intercept long-range missiles and it is a major part of the multi-layered air defense system that the Ministry of Defense is developing. Since the Arrow system became operational for the first time in 2000, it has been constantly improved and advanced by the IAF and the security industries. The aim of the ongoing upgrades is to provide the system with greater capabilities in its mission – intercepting long-range ballistic missiles.
The Arrow system has taken giant steps forward in recent years. Its newest version (Block 4.1) includes advanced interceptor missiles, new radar to be added to the previous radar, a new operational battery, special protection for the missile launchers and additional improvements. In order to test these upgrades, the IAF is conducting tests in conjunction with private security industries, checking the system's new capabilities in the field. The tests make it possible to check the work of the radars – specifically, whether they can detect a missile launch directed towards a ballistic target – and the work of the upgraded interceptor rockets.