Arrow-3 Interceptor Successfully Conducts First Flight Test

The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) completed a successful flight test of the Arrow-3 interceptor missile today.

This is the first flyout test of the Arrow-3 interceptor and was conducted at an Israeli test range over the Mediterranean Sea.

At 00:52:31 EST, the Arrow 3 interceptor successfully launched and flew an exoatmospheric trajectory through space, according to the test plan. 

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The Arrow-3 interceptor was designed to provide another layer of defense against ballistic missiles, to add interception opportunities to Israel's Arrow Weapon System and to improve the active defense architecture of the State of Israel against the missile threats.   

The successful test is a major milestone in the development of the Arrow-3 Weapon System and provides confidence in future Israeli capabilities to defeat the developing ballistic missile threat.

IMOD and MDA officials conducted the flight test.  The main contractor for the integration and the development of the Arrow Weapon System is MLM of the Israel Aerospace Industries in conjunction with Boeing.

Source: Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
Date: Feb 25, 2013