Multiple Arrow Missile Launch Test is Successful

(January 5, 2003)

The Israel Air Force launched four Arrow interceptor missiles from the Palmachim base south of Tel Aviv in the first multiple launch test on January 5, 2003. The test was part of the Arrow System Improvement Program intended to test the missile's performance under special flight conditions. This particular test, which cost $10 million, did not involve a real target. Instead, it tested the launcher's ability to fire multiple missiles at different simulated targets. This was the tenth Arrow interceptor test and the fifth test of the complete weapons system.

The program is managed by the Israeli Missile Defense Organization in close cooperation with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. American military officials were on hand to witness the test.

Sources: Ha'aretz, (January 5, 2003); Israeli Ministry of Defense