Israeli Arrow interceptor missile completed flight test in Alaska

Israeli Arrow interceptor missile completed flight test in Alaska

Complemented by a number of other missile defense systems created to protect Israel from short-, medium- and long-range attacks, the Arrow 3 system represents the highest level of Israel's multi-tiered missile defense network.

"These successful tests mark a major milestone in the development of the Arrow Weapon System", said MDA Director Vice Adm. Jon Hill.

Israel and the U.S. held up the successful test as evidence of the strength of their alliance in the face of perceived threats from various countries, notably Iran.

The Arrow 3 exoatmospheric hypersonic anti-ballistic missile system has just performed a very successful series of experiments in Alaska, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benjamin Netanyahu announced at the start of Sunday's cabinet meeting. Arrow-3 interceptors are created to hit long-range missiles in space at an altitude that would safely destroy any nuclear warheads.

In 2017, then-U.S. Missile Defense Agency director Navy Vice Admiral James Syring told a congressional hearing that due to significant range constraints in the Mediterranean, "one of the better places to test [Arrow 3] is in Alaska, from Kodiak (Island)".

Israeli and US missile defense agencies had planned to conduct a first Arrow 3 test over Alaska in the middle of 2018, but postponed it, saying they needed to improve the system's readiness.

The weapon system successfully demonstrated hit-to-kill interceptions of ballistic targets in space, according to the ministry, which added that the operation was conducted in Alaska in order to test capabilities that can not be tested in Israel.

The prime minister said that the Arrow 3 intercepted ballistic missiles at unprecedented heights and speed.

"Today Israel has the capabilities to act against ballistic missiles launched at us from Iran and from anywhere else", Netanyahu said on Sunday.

The U.S. military said last week that it had taken out two Iranian drones in the Strait of Hormuz, claims Tehran has denied. The system was also trialed last July as part of a broad missile defense exercise that also checked the capabilities of the short-range Iron Dome and medium-range David's Sling.

The Arrow 3 is an advanced system designed for intercepting long-range missiles in space at an altitude that would safely destroy any nuclear warheads.

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