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Israeli ABM can intercept Iranian missiles

JERUSALEM, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- Israel's Arrow missile defense system can reportedly destroy Iranian long-range missiles in flight, officials said.

The claim was made by Israel's Defense Ministry's Homa Missile Defense Agency former head Arye Herzog in an interview published Wednesday by The Jerusalem Post.

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After observing that while there "is no such thing as 100 percent defense," Herzog said the Arrow anti-missile system was fully operational and capable of providing an adequate defense against Iran's long-range Shahab and Sajil ballistic missiles.

"The Iranians have the ability to launch barrages and that is an important part of their capabilities," Herzog told the Post. "But we are prepared and have the ability to intercept those barrages if they are launched."

The Arrow system was a joint development between Israel Aerospace Industries and U.S. company Boeing.

Israel has two operational Arrow missile batteries deployed in the north and south of the country, with a third battery that is projected to become operational shortly.

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