Israel is picking up the pace in preparing a new ballistic missile defense system in the face of continued worries about Iran's nuclear program, United Press International reported on Tuesday.
Arrow 3 long-range missile interceptors, part of a broader Israeli defense against enemy attacks, are now expected to be put on active service in 2016.
"We're thinking mostly about the nuclear threat," project chief Col. Aviram Hasson said on Monday. "Arrow 3 is in the process of advanced development and passed tests with unprecedented success. It expands the scope of interception, far from Israel, with great capabilities. It can fix errors. It can break down loads and streamline the battle."
The Arrow 3 is a joint U.S.-Israeli project. The Defense Department published some specifics about a planned installation for the missile defense system in seeking bids for work on the project by private firms, the McClatchy-Tribune News Service reported on Monday. In excess of 1,000 pages of information on the site addressed heating and cooling technology and the width of walls.
"This is more than worrying, it is shocking," said an anonymous Israeli armed forces insider, who worried that antagonists might use the information to mount a strike on the planned installation.