Israel send an ‘undisclosed’ price offer to sell Arrow 3 to Germany

BERLIN ($1=1.00 Euro) — Germany intends to purchase the Israeli Arrow 3 defense system. Such intentions were revealed during the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid to Germany.

Germany may buy the Israeli Arrow 3 hypersonic ABM interceptor
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BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that already in March of this year, Berlin showed interest in this defense system. A month later, Washington agreed with Germany that it could buy the Arrow 3. Israel also agreed. The US and Israel are jointly producing the Arrow 3 defense system.

Yair Lapid revealed to journalists that Israel “will play a role in Germany’s air defense”. Plans to buy the Arrow 3 exist, but the German government has yet to sign a document confirming the purchase. This is what a German government source told Reuters. However, he said Israel had already sent a price offer to Germany but did not disclose the purchase price of the deal and the quantity of Arrow 3 systems.

Germany may buy the Israeli Arrow 3 hypersonic ABM interceptor
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Experts in Germany say that Berlin will buy this defense system. The deal could be done quickly thanks to the recently signed defense cooperation memorandum between Germany and Israel. This memorandum binds the German company Krauss Maffe Wegmann [KMW] with Elbit Systems Deutschland, a subsidiary company of Elbit Systems Israel, to cooperate in the modernization and expansion of the capabilities of the so-called European Multiple Launch System [MLRS].

Arrow 3 (Hetz 3)

Israel [IAI] and the United States [Boeing] co-financed and developed the exosphere hypersonic anti-ballistic missile interceptor Arrow 3. An Arrow 3 battery is expected to intercept salvos of more than five ballistic missiles within 30 seconds. Ballistic missiles fly in space during their stay above the ground. Arrow 3 must intercept and destroy ballistic and intercontinental ballistic missiles at the very moment they are in the exosphere.

Arrow 3 reaches a maximum flight altitude of 2,400 km. The rocket has an integrated divert motor that pivots the rocket to avoid a collision with a satellite. For this reason, the Israeli Ministry of Defense believes that Arrow 3 can also be used as an anti-satellite missile system.

The integrated divert motor that pivots the rocket has another function, which is related to the interception of hypersonic missiles. When a ballistic missile is detected, an Arrow 3 missile is also fired. It goes into space and can stay there for a while while the earth’s stations determine and calculate the trajectory of the enemy’s ballistic missile. Then, the Arrow interceptor is redirected using its thrust-vectoring nozzle to close the gap and conduct a “body-to-body” interception.

Germany may buy the Israeli Arrow 3 hypersonic ABM interceptor
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Arrow 3 has an Inertial navigation system [INS] gimbaled seeker. The rocket also has a Steering system thrust vectoring. It can be launched from rapid launch fortified underground silos. The missile has been in production since 2017, and in addition to its possible acquisition by Germany, Azerbaijan [besides Israel] is the other missile user, ordering two units of this system to protect itself from Iranian missiles.

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