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Jack Richardson

The Israel Missile Defence Organisation (IMDO), part of the Directorate of Defence Research and Development (DDR&D) within the Israel Ministry of Defence, together with the American Missile Defence Agency (MDA) and the Israeli Air Force (IAF), have completed a successful test of the ARROW-2 weapon system. The test was led by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and conducted at a site located in central Israel.

Throughout the test, the ARROW-2 system successfully engaged a SPARROW target missile, which simulated a long-range surface-to-surface missile in a campaign conducted in accordance to the defence establishment’s plans. The joint Israeli-American test reflects the partnership and friendship between the two countries as well as the deep commitment of the United States to the safety of the citizens of Israel.

Facing the threats

During the test, the updated capabilities of the system to contend with current and future threats were validated. The interception was conducted by IAF service members together with engineers from the institutions involved in the system’s development. The various layers of Israel’s air defence mechanism were employed in this test to ensure their readiness and efficacy in operational scenarios.

This successful interception test joins a series of additional achievements, including the ARROW-3 test campaign conducted by the IMDO and MDA last year, in Alaska. The integration of both systems in Israel’s air defence mechanism significantly expands and enhances the state’s capability to defend against current and future threats.