A superior interceptor for bigger threats

A 6min trajectory that took the Arrow-3 above the atmosphere yesterday was a success for a system that – in spite of its relatively high exposure – will be classified for years to come.

The threat: long-range ballistic missiles armed with chemical warfare agents or nuclear warheads.

The solution: kill them far from Israel, and very high up.

The successful test of the Arrow-3 yesterday was an amazing achievement.

Neither the Israelis who followed the test from the control centre at Palmachim airbase, nor the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) officials that were present, could hide their enthusiasm.

The Arrow-3 performed an exo-atmospheric 6min trajectory through space, in accordance with the test plan. The weapon’s two engines functioned as planned, and the result was a perfect trajectory.

The main contractor for the integration and development of the Arrow Weapon System is MLM of the Israel Aerospace Industries, in conjunction with Boeing.

The Arrow-3 will intercept outside the atmosphere. It will be much lighter then the Arrow-2, and will have superior manoeuvrability.

The “end-game” – when the kill vehicle will go for the final impact – will not be dependant on sensors from the ground.

The Arrow-3′s very high exo-atmospheric interception altitudes, coupled with improved detection, discrimination and fire control, are designed to permit observed fire (“shoot-look-shoot”).

This provides at least two and possibly three chances to kill each incoming missile. 

There is no place for failure when the incoming missile can cause thousands of casualties.

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