Israel Expected to Vet Arrow 3 Defenses

An Israeli Defense Ministry insider on Tuesday said his nation intends in the near future to conduct a trial of its next-generation Arrow 3 antimissile technology, Haaretz reported.

The developmental weapon is capable of intercepting extended-distance Iranian missiles armed with weapons of mass destruction, according to the official.

"There are all sorts of tests going on all the time," and the Arrow 3 system is "a work in progress," the Xinhua News Agency on Wednesday quoted the same speaker as saying.

Such government disclosures frequently indicate a trial is set to take place in no more than a few days, according to Xinhua.

"Soon we will conduct the launch tests" of the Arrow 3 unit, Israeli defense official Yair Ramati added in comments reported by Haaretz. The trial would focus on the equipment's liftoff component, but not its ability to shoot down hostile armaments, he said.

Israel's Arrow defenses are built to protect against missiles fired from greater distances than other components of its missile defense complex. The nation's Iron Dome system is intended to counter short-range rockets with ranges of up to 43 miles, and its David's Sling technology was developed to defeat short- and medium-range missiles within 155 miles, Xinhua reported.

December 5, 2012
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An Israeli Defense Ministry insider on Tuesday said his nation intends in the near future to conduct a trial of its next-generation Arrow 3 antimissile technology, Haaretz reported.

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