Israel's Arrow-3 Anti-ballistic Missile Scheduled For Tests Soon

As a result of efforts by Iran to develop its long-range ballistic missiles, Israel and the U.S. are continuing their joint efforts to develop and test the new Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile defense system.

The idea behind the Arrow 3 is to thwart Iranian Shahab-3 intermediate range missiles, Defense News reported in January, when Moshe Patel of the Israel Missile Defense Organization announced that Arrow 3 had become operational.

U.S. Navy Vice-Admiral James Syring, director of the MDA said the agency and Israel will carry out the trial at an isolated location due to the possibility of falling shrapnel from the interception.

The system is being developed to support Israel's ballistic missile defense system.

Jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Boeing, the Arrow-3 is an exoatmospheric anti-ballistic missile meant to destroy targets outside the earth's atmosphere, which enables the system to neutralise any threat, including a missile carrying a nuclear warhead, without creating any damage on the ground below.

The interceptor will be launched from a testing site in the Kodiak Islands. "We intend to do that next year", Syring told a US House of Representatives panel, according to Alaskan media reports. There are no plans to integrate the missiles into the USA ballistic missile defense system.

The sources added that a town hall meeting is set to be held next Wednesday 14 June to answer questions about the missile's 2018 testing plan. The MDA will also test the American Terminal High-Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) missile program at Kodiak Island this summer, Campbell told KTOO. The Pentagon's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system (GMD) has been nothing short of a colossal failure.

  • Salvatore Jensen