Israel Successfully Tests Arrow-2 Aerial Defense System, US Missile Agency Says
Israel successfully tested its Arrow-2 ballistic missile interceptor on Wednesday, the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said.
“The Arrow-2 interceptor successfully performed its planned trajectory and destroyed the target,” the Pentagon agency said in a statement.
The Arrow-2 and a newer generation system, Arrow-3, serve as the top tier of an integrated Israeli shield built up with US backing to withstand various potential missile salvos.
“MDA remains committed to assisting the government of Israel as it upgrades its national missile defense capability against current and emerging threats,” said the agency’s director, Vice Admiral Jon Hill.
The test was conducted at a test range in central Israel and over the Mediterranean Sea, MDA said.
Watch an Israeli Defense Ministry video about the test below:
Watch: The Israel Missile Defense Organization & the U.S. MDA, together with IAI and the IAF, completed a flight test of the Arrow 2 system. It successfully engaged a Sparrow target missile. Updated operational capabilities were validated. pic.twitter.com/K3VU5IBtnm
— Ministry of Defense (@Israel_MOD) August 13, 2020