The Israeli air force took delivery of its first Arrow anti-ballistic missile on 14 March.

Prime contractor Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) will continue Arrow development work, says programme manager Dr Dani Peretz, with a further test planned for the middle of this year. The test will "enable IAI to continue development of the system and allow the operating crews to train".

Peretz says the first system to be delivered has an initial operational capability to intercept ballistic missiles and "the full capability will be achieved in the coming years". IAI plans to develop Arrows to handle threats such as Iran's Shihab 3.

Source: Flight International