US-Israeli AWS has successfully intercepted a ‘ballistic’ missile

TEL AVIV, ($1=3.14 Israeli Shekels) – The US Missile Defense Agency [MDA] announced that two days ago, on January 18, 2022, a test of the US-Israeli Arrow Weapon System [AWS] and the Arrow 3 interceptor was performed at a test site in Israel, learned, citing to a press release from the MDA.

Israel has performed a limited test of its Arrow-3 ballistic missile defence system
Photo credit: The National Defense

In addition to the US military and MDA specialists, the Israeli Defense Missile Defense Organization [IMDO] of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development [DDR & D] at the Israeli Ministry of Defense took part in the test.

The parties reported that a conditional “ballistic” missile was launched, after which the radars of the Arrow Weapon System were able to successfully locate and intercept it. The information was immediately submitted to the navy, which processed and took action, ie. an Arrow 3 interceptor missile was launched, which destroyed the conditional target.

There is no official announcement, either from the United States or Israel, that the target was a “conditional ballistic missile”, but the characteristics and functionality of the Arrow Weapon System [interception of ballistic missiles outside the Earth’s atmosphere] suggest that this was set as purpose.

The Director of MDA Vice Adm. John Hill said the test was aimed at ensuring the stability, security, and effectiveness of the Arrow Weapon System [AWS] and the Arrow 3 interceptor, as part of the entire Israeli anti-missile turret. Hill added that the data will be analyzed and evaluated properly to help further develop AWS in the future.

Mr. Moshe Patel, director of IMDO, said Israel was continuing its efforts to improve the effectiveness of AWS and hoped the new data would help as successfully as it did after the 2019 Alaska tests.

AWS is a development and production between the American company Boeing and the Israeli company Israeli Aircraft Industries [IAI]. AWS uses interceptors, fire control radar Arrow fire control radar, and a battle control command center. Arrow, a higher-level defense system, can fire multiple shots in a combat scenario to defend against enemy short- and medium-range missile targets. Apart from Israel and the United States, there are no other users or operators in the world.


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