Arrow Missile System Successfully Tested
(February 10, 2012)
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On February 10, 2012, Israel led another successful test of its Arrow Missile Defense System. With the threat of a nuclear Iran looming, the successful demonstration of Arrow's ability to track long-range ballistic missiles highlighted the country's ability to be able to defend itself from any threat in a future war.
To test the system, an Air Force jet launched a Blue Sparrow, a missile developed to impersonate long-range Iranian ballistic missiles, and the Arrow's radar and detection system detected the incoming "enemy" missile and tracked it, together with the US X-Band radar deployed in the Negev dessert.
The Arrow interceptor was not launched during the test, in line with the parameters of the drill, which was carried out to test the system's overall capabilities in detecting and tracking incoming enemy targets.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak praised those who took part in the successful test. "This is an important technological achievement and an important step in Israel's progress in the field of defense... the successful test demonstrated again, the high technical capabilities of engineers, technicians and employees of the Israeli security industry that participated in the test," he said.
Source: Jerusalem Post (February 10, 2012)
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