Arrow-2 Interceptor Successfully Tested

US Missile Defense Agency issued a news release announcing that together with the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) of Israel's Ministry of Defense (IMOD) successfully completed a flight test of the Arrow-2 interceptor on 12 August 2020.

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"Arrow Weapon System Test-18a (AST-18a) demonstrated system processes through live intercept of a Medium Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM) target. This test was conducted at a test range in central Israel and over the Mediterranean Sea," said the MDA in its news release.

“The test last night can be described in one word: perfect,” Moshe Patel, head of the MDO, told reporters Thursday morning.

The Arrow system — made up of the Arrow, Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 interceptor missiles — represents the longest range of Israel’s air defense network, designed predominantly to shoot down ballistic and cruise missiles, including those that could be used to carry a nuclear warhead or other non-conventional munitions. The Arrow 2 was first rolled out in March 2000. Its first reported operational use was in March 2017 against a Syrian surface-to-air missile that was fired at Israeli aircraft.

The Israeli Air Force took part in the test as part of operational evaluation and readiness training.

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