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Israel's Arrow-3 ballistic missile interceptor enters service

Israel has added an exo-atmospheric ballistic missile interceptor to its Arrow missile defense system.

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Richard Tomkins
Arrow-3, a higher altitude ballistic missile interceptor is now operational with Israeli military forces. Photo courtesy Israel Aerospace Industries
Arrow-3, a higher altitude ballistic missile interceptor is now operational with Israeli military forces. Photo courtesy Israel Aerospace Industries

Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Israel's Arrow-3 ballistic missile interceptor has entered into initial operational service with the Israeli air force Aerial Defense Array.

The upper-tier missile, which will operate in conjunction with lower-range Arrow-2 interceptors, provides Israel with enhanced protection from ballistic missile attack.

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"Arrow-3 is the result of many years of development efforts, based on a solution designed by IAI which have today come to fruition," said Boaz Levi, Israel Aerospace Industries vice president and general manager of the Systems, Missiles & Space Group. "This is a milestone for the Israel's Defense Establishment, and for Israel's defense industries."

IAI is the manufacturer of the surface-to-air Arrow Weapon System, which is a joint program of Israel and the United States.

During the integration process of the new interceptor, Israel upgraded weapons system components. Its Battle Management Center, made by Elbit Systems, has new capabilities and features a radar detection array manufactured IAI and ELTA.

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