Flight Test Arrow-01 was a huge success by all preliminary accounts.
The Missile Defense Agency and Israel Missile Defense Organization completed the successful 10-day flight test campaign in which the Arrow-3 weapon system fired three interceptors on three separate occasions against threat-representative ballistic missiles, successfully defeating each one. FTA-01 demonstrated the Israeli system’s ability to conduct high altitude hit-to-kill engagement against an exo-atmospheric target.
The Arrow Weapon System is a central part of Israel’s multi-layer defense system. The defense system is based on four operational layers: Iron Dome Defense System, David’s Sling Weapon System, Arrow-2 and Arrow-3.
“These successful tests mark a major milestone in the development of the Arrow weapon system,” MDA Director Vice Adm. Jon Hill said. “My congratulations to the Israel Missile Defense Organization, our MDA team and our industry partners. We are committed to assisting the government of Israel in upgrading its national missile defense capability to defend the state of Israel from emerging threats.”
Success, however, didn’t come without its challenges – both technical and non-technical.
“Ten challenging years of development have culminated in this moment,” Israel Missile Defense Organization Director Moshe Patel said. “This is an
extraordinary operational and technological achievement for the state of Israel, made possible by thousands of employees, engineers and officers from the Ministry of Defense, Israeli defense Industries, Israeli Air Force and our U.S. partners.”
MDA’s Director for Test Maj. Gen. Doug Gabram said, “The partnership between the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the Israeli Missile Defense Organization is a clear example of the strong relationship between our two countries. Together, we have achieved great success with this clear demonstration of the capabilities of the Arrow-3 weapon system. I am very proud of what our teams have accomplished, and I’m looking forward to continued close partnership and success between our two organizations.”
Although not part of the Israeli architecture, a U.S. AN-TPY2 radar participated in the tests conducted at the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska in Kodiak, Alaska.