Israel and US successfully tested the Arrow 3 air defense system in Alaska
Israel’s U.S.-backed Arrow-3 air defense system, which is capable to intercept ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere, has passed a live interception test in Alaska, the Israeli Defense Ministry said on Sunday.
Jointly manufactured by Boeing Co, Arrow-3 is capable of destroying missiles in space, an altitude that would destroy any non-conventional warheads safely. Arrow 3 is developed mainly against Iranian Shihab missile.
It passed the first full interception test over the Mediterranean sea in 2015 and was deployed in Israel in 2017.
The defense ministry said that an American AN\TPY2 radar was used in the tests, successfully demonstrating operational link-up between the U.S. detection radar and Israeli missile systems.
According to the defense ministry, the tests were done in Alaska “to carry out tests of the system’s capabilities that can’t be done in Israel.”
Vice Adm. Jon A. Hill, director of the MDA called the test “another milestone in the development of the Arrow weapon system.”
“This is an extraordinary operational and technological achievement for the State of Israel,” he said, stressing his agency’s commitment to helping Israel “upgrade its national missile defense capabilities in order to protect itself and American forces deployed in the area from rising threats”.
Earlier this week, Iran test-fired its medium-range ballistic missile Shabaab-3, amid escalating tensions with the US and UK in the Gulf.
The Shahab-3 missile traveled 1,000km but did not pose a threat to shipping or US bases, according to a Pentagon official.
According to the US official, the intelligence assessment is its part of Iran’s efforts to improve the range and accuracy.
PM Netanyahu praised the tests on Sunday during the weekly cabinet meeting: “The execution was perfect. Today Israel has the capacity to act against ballistic missiles launched at us from Iran or anywhere else.”