U.S. Department of Defense - Missile Defense Agency

U.S. Department of Defense - Missile Defense Agency

Site Map
Official logo of the US Missile Defense Agency

Missile Defense Agency

MDA News Release

5700 18th Street, Bldg 245
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5573

IMDO, MDA Successfully Complete Flight Test of the Arrow Weapon System and Arrow 3 Interceptor

January 18, 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 U.S. 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 analyzed the data and established a defense 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 defense 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 defense 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 U.S. 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 defense array. The defense 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.

Israel Ministry of Defense Media Contact: Asaf Zahar, 972-3-6975546, dover@mod.gov.il

MDA Media Contact: Mark Wright, 571-231-8212, Mark.Wright@mda.mil or Ryan Keith, 256- 631-6735, Ryan.Keith@mda.mil