Israel successfully tests advanced missile defense system

Arrow-3 is part of the multi-layered system Israel is developing to defend against both short- and mid-range rockets fired from Gaza and Lebanon, as well as Iran’s long-range missiles.

22 January 2019 | 12:12

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 22 January 2019 | 12:12

This undated photo shows the arrow 3 interceptor. (AFP Photo)

JERUSALEM: Israel said it has successfully tested the country’s advanced missile defense system capable of defending against ballistic missile threats outside the atmosphere.

The Defense Ministry said Tuesday’s successful test of the Arrow-3 interceptor is “a major milestone” in Israel’s ability to defend itself “against current and future threats in the region.” It comes a couple days after Israel thwarted an Iranian missile attack.

Arrow-3 is part of the multi-layered system Israel is developing to defend against both short- and mid-range rockets fired from Gaza and Lebanon, as well as Iran’s long-range missiles. It includes Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and the Arrow-2 systems.

It was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries and U.S. aviation giant Boeing and became operational in January 2017.

Israel has already deployed Arrow to counter Syrian missiles.

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