IMDO and US MDA successfully complete flight test of the Arrow Weapon System (AWS) and Arrow 3 Interceptor in Central Israel.
MDA Press Release, Fort Belvoir, 18 January 2022: Today, January 18, 2022, the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of the Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) at Israel’s Ministry of Defense, together with the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Israeli Defense Forces, conducted a successful flight test of the Arrow Weapon System (AWS) and the Arrow 3 interceptor at a test site in central Israel.
AWS radars detected the target and transferred data to the battle management control (BMC). The BMC analysed the data and established a defence plan. Two Arrow-3 interceptors were launched toward the target and successfully completed the mission.
“This test was designed to challenge every element of the Arrow Weapon System. Data collected from this test will guide future development of the AWS,” said MDA Director Vice Adm. Jon Hill. “MDA remains committed to assisting the Government of Israel in upgrading its missile defence capability against current and emerging threats.”
“Today we successfully completed a complicated flight test of the Arrow Weapon System and the Arrow 3 interceptor. Israeli Ministry of Defense continues its efforts to enhance and to upgrade Israeli Multi-Tier missile defence capabilities for emerging threats in the region,” said Mr. Moshe Patel, IMDO director. “Since the successful series of tests in Alaska in 2019, we have significantly extended the Arrow Weapon System capabilities. I want to express our appreciation to MDA and the US Government for long lasting cooperation of more than 30 years to build and strengthen the Israeli Missile Defense.”
The Arrow Weapon System, jointly developed by IMDO and MDA, is a central part of Israel’s multi-layered defence array. The defence array is based on four layers: Iron Dome Defense System, David’s Sling Weapon System, the AWS Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 interceptors. The AWS is designed to intercept ballistic missiles outside of the earth’s atmosphere.