Early this week, Israel successfully tested its highest range missile defense system and the only one which has the capability of defending all of Israel – the Arrow 3 – that intercepts early and high in space. This new capability is significant to both Israel and the United States. For Israel, this system completes the layered missile defense to fully and completely defend itself independently from ballistic missiles and relieves pressure on the existing, over demanded U.S. Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense ship operations in the Mediterranean.
The Arrow 3 program is funded, developed, and tested by a close partnership with United States and Israel. The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) completed the successful non-intercept flight test of the Israeli Arrow 3 missile defense system on Monday morning this past week.
Arrow 3 is designed to be the upper-layer of Israel’s multi-layer missile defense system and intercept medium-range ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere, using a unique Kimble technology, best enabling a intercept by the kinetic hit-to-kill kill vehicle. The first Arrow 3 interceptor missiles became operational in January 2017 and a more advanced test with a target intercept of the Arrow 3 interceptor is expected to be conducted later this year in Alaska.
Arrow 3 joins the David Sling as the newest slings and arrows of fortune for Israel. To be or not to be for Israel is no longer the question.