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Arrow-3 Interceptor Successfully Conducts Second Flyout Test

January 3, 2014

The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) completed a successful flight test of the Arrow-3 interceptor missile today.

This is the second flyout test of the Arrow-3 interceptor and was conducted at an Israeli test range over the Mediterranean Sea. No target missiles were launched during this event.

At 8:00 am (Israel Standard Time, 1:00 am EST), the Arrow-3 interceptor successfully launched and flew an exo-atmospheric trajectory through space, in accordance with the test plan.

The Arrow-3 interceptor is designed to provide an additional layer of defense against ballistic missiles, adding interception opportunities to the joint U.S.-Israel Arrow Weapon System, and to improve the active defense architecture of the State of Israel against missile threats.

The successful test is a major milestone in the development of the Arrow-3 Weapon System and provides confidence in future Israeli capabilities to defeat the developing ballistic missile threat.

IMDO and MDA officials conducted the flight test. The main contractor for the integration and the development of the Arrow Weapon System is MLM of the Israel Aerospace Industries in conjunction with Boeing.

[Flight Test Photos & Video]