Joint US-Israeli anti-ballistic missile system hits the mark

Test of Israeli-US missile defense system succeeds, paving way for future ballistic missile defense network.

Kobi Finkler ,

שיגור מוצלח. חץ 3
שיגור מוצלח. חץ 3
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Israel and the United States conducted a joint missile test Tuesday morning of an anti-ballistic missile system.

The operation Tuesday, part of a joint project of the Israeli Defense Ministry’s ‘Homa’ missile defense administration and the American Missile Defense Agency, successfully tested the Hetz 3 (Arrow 3) missile

Designed to intercept and destroy long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles in space before they reenter the earth’s atmosphere, the Arrow 3 missile system was developed by Israel and the MDA.

The test launch took place at a testing area in central Israel, and was hosted by Israel Aerospace Industries.

During the test, a target was launched, identified by the Arrow 3’s detection system, an intercept vector calculated, and the Arrow 3 missile launched to intercept the target.

Defense officials say the Arrow 3’s success paves the way for the creation of a national missile defense network, capable of intercepting medium and long-range ballistic missiles – including missiles used as delivery systems for weapons of mass-destruction.