After two previous test attempts were called off, the United States and Israel have successfully tested the Arrow 3 weapons system to defend against ballistic missiles.
Israel Aerospace Industries, in collaboration with the Israeli air force and the United States’ Missile Defense Agency, conducted the test at 2:30 a.m. Monday at an unidentified site in central Israel. Confirming the test, the Israeli Ministry of Defense posted on Twitter that the exercise was “designed to defend against ballistic missile threats outside the atmosphere.”
A more advanced test is scheduled in Alaska later this year, said Moshe Patel, the director of Israel’s Missile Defense Organization. “The Arrow-3 is designed for long-range threats, as well as unconventional threats,. We are aiming for 100 percent success rate.”
The Arrow 3 weapons system has been in development since 2008. The system, which was handed over to the Israeli Air force in January 2017, includes four layers — Iron Dome and David’s Sling, and the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 systems.
“The success of this test is a major milestone in the operational capabilities of Israel and its ability to defend itself against current and future threats in the region,” the Pentagon said in a press release.