Israel’s defense ministry says it carried out a successful flight test of the Arrow 3 missile interceptor. The test was conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.
The interceptor was launched into space Feb. 25 at around 6 a.m. local time from a coastal military launching pad in central Israel. The missile flew for more than 6 min., testing Arrow 3’s fly-out capabilities at altitudes well more than 100 km (60 mi.). The test plan did not include an actual intercept, so no target was used.
(IAI) and the Company co-produce the Arrow 2 interceptor and are developing the Arrow 3 for the ministry with U.S. support. When it becomes operational around 2016, Arrow 3 will be able to intercept ballistic missiles with longer ranges than the ones that Arrow 2 can engage, and at higher altitudes. The Arrow system uses the two-stage Arrow 2 interceptor to destroy an incoming target with a fragmentation warhead. Arrow 3, also a two-stage interceptor, will be able to destroy an incoming target with an exoatmospheric kill vehicle. Using a “hit-to-kill” design rather than a fragmenting warhead enables the new interceptor to be lighter and more agile. Arrow 3 weighs less than half the Arrow 2’s weight.