The 'Wall' Directorate at the Ministry of Defense, and the American MDA successfully completed the first interception test of the Arrow 3 interceptor designed to intercept ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere. The experiment was carried out from the center of the country under the leadership of the aviation industry and with the participation of the Air Force
The 'Wall' directorate at the Ministry of Defense, together with the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) this morning carried out the first successful interception test of the 'Hats 3' interceptor, an innovative missile designed to intercept ballistic missiles. outside the atmosphere. The experiment was carried out from the experimental field in the center of the country, under the leadership of the Aerospace Industry and with the participation of the Air Force.
After the target was launched, the Arrow system's radar array detected it, transmitted its data to the firing management center, which analyzed it and carried out a full planning for the interception. Upon completion of the planning, an interceptor 'Arrow 3' is launched towards the target.
The 'Arrow 3' interceptor carried out all the stages of the flight according to the plan, and destroyed the target. The interception itself took place in space.
Due to safety considerations arising from intercepting a missile at high altitude, a low-fragment target was used in this experiment, which was carried on top of a target missile from the Anchor family.
Representatives of the American MDA and the industries involved in the development of the weapon system participated in the experiment. The main contractor for the development of the "Arrow" weapon system and interceptors is the MLM plant of the Aerospace Industry, which operates in cooperation with Elta Division and a subsidiary of the Aerospace Industry, which is responsible for the radar detection system. Elishra Company from Elbit Systems developed the fire management system and Rafael Company developed the target missile. The Boeing Company (a partner of the TEA/MLM in the development and production of Arrow 3.
The Arrow system is a central component of the multi-layered defense system, the development of which is led by the Ministry of Defense through the "Wall" agency/directorate. The multi-layered defense system is based on 4 layers of defense: the "Iron Dome" system (operational), the "Magic Wand" system (in final stages before operational deployment), the "Arrow 2" system (operational) and the "Arrow 3" interceptor (under development). The success of the experiment is an important milestone in the operational ability of the State of Israel to defend itself against existing and future threats in the arena. It should be emphasized that this is another experiment and is planned in the development process.
In the future, additional interception experiments are expected with the "Hats 3" interceptor, which is the top layer of defense for the State of Israel, until it becomes operational.