MESSAGE TO THE MULLAHS: Israel fires its Arrow: Ballistic missile interceptor is successfully tested days after Iran may have fired a nuclear-capable rocket
- Israel have successfully tested a new ballistic missile interceptor
- ‘The Arrow’ is used to shoot down missiles above the atmosphere
- Ronald Reagan launched the Arrow project in 1988 as part of his ‘Star Wars’ programme
Israel has successfully tested an advanced ballistic missile interceptor as the Jewish state seeks to upgrade its defences in the face of regional threats.
The trial from an Israeli test range involved the Arrow 3 interceptor which is designed to shoot down missiles above the atmosphere.
A similar test a year ago failed, but today’s successful trial could pave the way for the system to be introduced to Israel‘s defence arsenal if it passes further tests.
‘This successful test is a major milestone in the development of the Arrow Weapon System and provides confidence in future Israeli capabilities to defeat the developing threats,’ Israel’s defence ministry said.
‘Additional Arrow-3 interceptor tests are planned in the future to demonstrate capability prior to becoming operational.’
The Arrow project was first launched in 1988 as part of the then Star Wars programme under late US president Ronald Reagan that was abandoned in 1993.
Arrow 3, developed jointly between the United States and Israel, is intended to serve as Israel’s uppermost missile interception system. Lower-altitude interception systems are either already deployed or close to being operational.
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