Successful Arrow 2 Weapons System Test
(Source: Israeli Air Force; issued Aug 11, 2020)
Overnight (Wednesday), an Arrow 2 interception test was successfully completed. The interception was carried out by combatants from the "Defensive Sword" Battalion in the IAF's Aerial Defense Division. "It is not an automatic system – the exceptional connection between combatants and missiles is the key to success."

The "Arrow" weapons system is an integral part of the multi-layered air defense division, based on four operational levels of defense: "Iron Dome", "Magic Wand", "Arrow 2", and "Arrow 3". Last night a successful test of the "Arrow 2" weapons system was completed. The successful test demonstrated the astounding capability of the IAF's Aerial Defense Division.

The test was conducted from a testing field in central Israel and was led by the IAI (Israeli Aerospace Industry) with the cooperation of The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) in the Israel Ministry of Defense, and with the American Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

In the test, the Arrow 2 system successfully engaged a Sparrow target missile, which simulates a long-range surface-to-surface missile. The campaign was conducted in accordance with the defense establishment's plans. The interception was carried out by combatants from the IAF's Aerial Defense Division along with engineers from the institutions involved in the system's development.

"Aerial Defense combatants intercepted a high-altitude experimental target to the west of the Mediterranean Sea using the Arrow 2 weapons system, thus completing four successful interceptions including three Arrow 3 interceptions carried out in Alaska", said Commander of the IAF's Aerial Defense Division, Brig. Gen. Ran Kochav. "The combatants and technicians planned, discovered, identified, decided, and intercepted - the system isn't automatic and the exceptional combination between combatants and missiles is the key to success".

"Israel must face challenges both near and far, and our elite technological unit led by the DDR&D, IAI, and additional defense industries, ensures that we will always be one step ahead of our enemies and that we will defend Israeli skies from any threat", said Israel's Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. (Res.) Benny Gantz. "The joint Israeli-American test reflects the partnership and friendship between the two countries as well as the deep commitment of the United States to the safety of Israeli citizens. We will continue to work together to strengthen the capabilities of the defense establishment in the air, on land, and at sea, as well as in cyberspace".

This experiment proved the enhanced ability of the Arrow 2 weapons system, which is currently operational in the IAF, to face both existing and future threats against the state of Israel. As part of the readiness of the operational division, all missile defense systems participated in the experiment. The integration of both systems in Israel's air defense mechanism significantly expands and enhances the state's capability to defend against current and future threats.

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IMDO and MDA Successfully Complete a Flight Test of the Arrow Weapon System
(Source: US Missile Defense Agency; issued August 12, 2020)
The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) of Israel's Ministry of Defense (IMOD), together with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), successfully completed a flight test of the Arrow-2 interceptor on August 12, 2020.

Arrow Weapon System Test-18a (AST-18a) demonstrated system processes through live intercept of a Medium Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM) target. This test was conducted at a test range in central Israel and over the Mediterranean Sea.

A target was launched and tracked by the system’s fire control radars. The radars transferred flight information to the Battle Management Center (BMC) system for engagement planning and conduct. The Arrow-2 interceptor successfully performed its planned trajectory and destroyed the target. The Israeli Air Force took part in the test as part of operational evaluation and readiness training.

"The success of AST-18a provides even greater confidence in Israel’s capability to protect itself from regional threats,” said MDA Director Vice Admiral Jon Hill. “I congratulate this stellar team, which included the Israel Missile Defense Organization, the Israeli Air Force, and industry partners. MDA remains committed to assisting the government of Israel as it upgrades its national missile defense capability against current and emerging threats."

Moshe Patel, IMDO director, said, “The Arrow Weapon System is the Israeli upper tier strategic defense layer. The success of the Arrow-2 flight test today and the 2019 Arrow-3 campaign in Alaska demonstrate Israel defense capability against existing and emerging long range ballistic threats. I would like to thank the U.S. Government and the U.S. Congress for more than 30 years support of Israel Missile Defense programs and especially the MDA for joint management of these programs.”

The Arrow Weapon System is a major part of Israel's multi-layered defense array. This array is based on four layers; Iron Dome Defense System, David's Sling Weapon System, and the Arrow Weapon System, which includes Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 interceptors. The success of this test demonstrates the operational readiness of the State of Israel and its ability to defend itself against current and future threats in the region.

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Successful Test of the Arrow 2 Weapon System
(Source: Israel Aerospace Industries; issued Aug 13, 2020)
The Israel Missile Defense Organization in the Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency Have Successfully Completed a Flight Test of the Arrow 2 Weapon System. Minister of Defense, Benny Gantz: "Our elite technological unit ensures that we will always be one step ahead of our enemies"

The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D), in the Israel Ministry of Defense, together with the American Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and the Israeli Air Force (IAF), have completed a successful test of the Arrow 2 weapon system overnight (12.8) at 11:45 p.m. The test was led by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and conducted at a site located in central Israel.

Throughout the test, the Arrow 2 system successfully engaged a Sparrow target missile, which simulates a long-range surface-to-surface missile. The campaign was conducted in accordance to the defense establishment’s plans.

Defense Minister, Benny Gantz: "Israel must face challenges both near and far, and our elite technological unit led by the DDR&D, IAI, and additional defense industries, ensures that we will always be one step ahead of our enemies, and that we will defend Israeli skies from any threat."

The joint Israeli-American test reflects the partnership and friendship between the two countries as well as the deep commitment of the United States to the safety of the citizens of Israel. We will continue to work together to strengthen the capabilities of the defense establishment in the air, land and sea, as well as in cyberspace.

During the test, the updated capabilities of the Arrow system to contend with current and future threats, were validated. The interception was conducted by IAF service members together with engineers from the institutions involved in the system’s development. The various layers of Israel’s air defense mechanism were employed in this test, in order to ensure their readiness and efficacy in operational scenarios.

This successful interception test joins a series of additional achievements, including the Arrow-3 test campaign conducted by the IMDO and MDA last year, in Alaska. Both systems demonstrated advanced operational capabilities. The integration of both systems in Israel’s air defense mechanism significantly expands and enhances the state’s capability to defend against current and future threats.

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