New Israeli Missile Interceptor Launched in Trial

The Arrow 3 missile interceptor developed by Israel and the United States was launched on Monday in its inaugural trial fight, Agence France-Presse reported.

"This is the first flight test of the Arrow 3 interceptor and was conducted at an Israeli test range over the Mediterranean Sea," according to the Israeli Defense Ministry. "Israel's Missile Defense Organization and U.S. Missile Defense Agency officials conducted the flight test."

The developmental weapon is intended to destroy incoming enemy ballistic missiles beyond Earth's atmosphere.

"The Arrow 3 is the upper tier for exoatmospheric interceptions to provide the state of Israel additional opportunities for interception of incoming missiles from Iran or elsewhere," the ministry said.

The exercise was "100 percent successful," a ministry source told Reuters.

Separately, Washington and Tokyo on Friday confirmed plans for deployment of a second U.S. X-band antimissile radar in Japan, AFP reported.

The radar is to be installed at a military base along the Sea of Japan, according to local news reports. It could be aimed at helping to counter any North Korean missile that crosses above west or central Japan on its way toward Guam or Hawaii, according to Kyodo News.

February 25, 2013
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The Arrow 3 missile interceptor developed by Israel and the United States was launched on Monday in its inaugural trial fight, Agence France-Presse reported.