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U.S.-Israel Arrow 3 missile completes first intercept test

By Ryan Maass
ניסוי במיירט "חץ 3"

מהקרקע ועד מחוץ לאטמוספירה - צפו בניסוי מיירט "חץ 3" שנערך הבוקר. ראש מינהלת "חומה" במפא"ת, יאיר רמתי: "המערכת גילתה את האיום וביצעה יירוט מוצלח ביותר מחוץ לאטמוספירה. הפגיעה הייתה נהדרת, בול בפוני. זה הישג יוצא דופן שעולה גם על הציפיות שלנו".

Posted by ‎משרד הביטחון‎ on Thursday, December 10, 2015

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S.-Israel Arrow Weapon System's Upper-Tier Arrow-3 missile completed its first intercept in a flight test over the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday.

The flight test was designed to validate the weapon system's ability to detect, identify and track targets, discriminating between real and decoy targets while moving quickly through space. The Arrow-3 intercepted the incoming target in the test less than three minutes after an Israel Air Force fighter launched a Silver Sparrow target missile.

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"The Arrow system in operational configuration detected and selected the right target from several in exo-atmospheric conditions," said Yamir Ramati, director of the Israel Missile Defense Organization. "We intercepted the correct target very accurately as planned from the beginning."

The Arrow-3 was developed by Israeli Aerospace Industries as a follow up to the Arrow-2, a missile designed to intercept targets high in the Earth's atmosphere. The Arrow-3 can fly twice as high as its predecessor, and will be fitted to the upper tier of the Arrow Weapon System, with the Arrow-2 to be repurposed as a backup.

Israeli defense and industry partners have been developing the Arrow-3 in cooperation with the United States since 2008 as part of an effort to enhance the multi-layered air defense array Israel crated to protect itself from missile threats, including the short-range rockets fired by Hamas militants fired from the Gaza Strip and Lebanon, according to Times of Israel.

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The Arrow missiles were designed to counter Iranian-made Shihab ballistic missiles.

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