Tuesday, May 24, 2022

(JNS) Israel conducted a successful test of its Arrow 3 anti-ballistic-missile system this week, together with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), according to the Israeli Defense Ministry.

“This test was designed to challenge every element of the Arrow Weapon System, and it performed beautifully,” said MDA Director Vice Adm. Jon Hill.

Israeli Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) Director Moshe Patel said that the flight test, which was conducted at a site in central Israel, had been “complicated.” He noted that since the successful series of tests of the AWS in Alaska in 2019, the system’s capabilities had “significantly expanded.”

Patel thanked the MDA and the U.S. government for their “enduring cooperation” over the past three decades in strengthening Israel’s missile defense.

Reiterating his comments following the successful 2019 tests, Hill said that the MDA “remains committed to assisting the government of Israel in upgrading its missile-defense capability against current and emerging threats.”

“This test is part of the Israel Defense Force’s multi-year development program. The success of this test is an important milestone for Israel’s operational capability to defend itself against existing and evolving threats in the region,” the Defense Ministry statement concluded.

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