Already one of the leaders in missile defense, Israel’s capabilities took another step forward with the implementation of the Arrow-3 missile defense interceptor missile. The Arrow-3 expands upon the range and altitude of Israel’s interceptors, which are designed to shoot enemy missiles out of the sky. The Arrow-3 is also capable of more precise missile interception, according to the press release announcing the new missile’s operation from Israel’s Ministry of Defense.
“The combined interception capabilities of the Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 will significantly reduce the possibilities of ballistic missiles impacting the State of Israel,” noted the press release.
Despite recent tensions with the United States over the American decision not to veto an anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations, Israel made sure to point out that the U.S. contribution to the Arrow-3 program is “a key reason Israel has achieved this remarkable accomplishment.”
In addition to the upgraded interceptor missiles, the new and improved missile defense platform also has enhanced radar and other systems.
The press release said that as “the threats continue to grow and new emerging threats surface,” Israel and the U.S. are “dedicated to the continued development and enhancement of the Israeli Ballistic Missile Defense elements and systems to provide the appropriate defense solutions. Undeniably, the Arrow Weapon System’s unique and expanding capabilities place Israel among the most advanced countries in the World in the ability to defense against ballistic missile threats.”
(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, January 19, 2017)