´Arrow´ Scud buster test a success (JERUSALEM POST) By ARIEH O´SULLIVAN 12/02/05)
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The Air Force held the 14th test of the Israeli-designed Arrow 2 anti-
ballistic missile on Friday, successfully intercepting an incoming
rocket at a higher altitude than ever before.
A day after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon declared that Israel would
not tolerate Iranian efforts to get nuclear arms, the test
demonstrated Israel´s robust interception capability against incoming
missiles that may be armed with nuclear or chemical warheads.
The Defense Ministry said the routine test, which was scheduled over
a year ago, tested improvements made to the Arrow 2 system.
The test took place at 10:28 a.m., when the Arrow 2 interceptor was
launched from the Palmachim Air Force base south of Tel Aviv.
An F-15 fighter jet flying over the Mediterranean dropped a Black
Sparrow test missile specially designed to simulate an incoming
Iranian Shihab 3 missile headed toward the Israeli shore.
The radar detected the Black Sparrow missile and relayed its data to
a battle management center, which issued the command to launch the
Arrow 2 interceptor.
"The interceptor performed successfully and intercepted the target,"
a Defense Ministry statement said. "The test´s success is a major
step in the system´s operational improvements to deal with future
ballistic missile threats.´
Air Force officers carried out the test, but officials from the
companies which manufacture the system as well as US officials were
also on hand.
Air Force Patriot batteries also participated passively in the test,
following the incoming missile with their radars and simulating
interceptions. This tested the entire missile defense screen of the
country, the only nation in the world to have a national missile
"The defense establishment, the Ministry of Defense, the defense
industries and the IDF have proven once again their technological
contribution to Israel´s national defense," said Jacob Toren,
director general of the Defense Ministry.
"The success of the test will improve the existing operational
capabilities of the Arrow system that will be able to cope
successfully with future threats."
The Arrow 2 was delivered to the Air Force in 1998 and has been
declared operational for over five years. (© 1995 - 2005 The
Jerusalem Post. 12/02/05)
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