Israel Said Keen on Starting Arrow 3 Production Prior to Intercept Test

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Jan. 22, 2014, 7:50 a.m.

An Is­raeli busi­ness news web­site re­ports that the na­tion plans to be­gin pro­du­cing the Ar­row 3 an­ti­mis­sile sys­tem even be­fore an in­ter­cept test takes place.

The Ar­row 3 sys­tem was suc­cess­fully flight tested earli­er this month, and a more chal­len­ging mis­sile-in­ter­cept tri­al is planned to take place in a few weeks, ac­cord­ing to the Is­raeli Globes news ser­vice.

Des­pite the lack of proven in­ter­cept cap­ab­il­ity to date, the Is­raeli mil­it­ary and the de­veloper of the Ar­row 3, Is­rael Aerospace In­dus­tries, are so cer­tain the tech­no­logy will per­form as in­ten­ded that they have chosen to move the an­ti­mis­sile sys­tem in­to pro­duc­tion, Globes re­por­ted on Sunday. The web­site did not spe­cify the source of that in­form­a­tion, but else­where in the art­icle cited de­fense min­istry and in­dustry sources.

If the res­ults of in­ter­cept tri­als re­veal any is­sues with the Ar­row 3 tech­no­logy, small changes to the sys­tem’s soft­ware could prove suf­fi­cient to cor­rect prob­lems, ac­cord­ing to Globes.

“In terms of the mis­sile’s na­tion­al im­port­ance against threats, I do not think that there is any­one who doubts this pro­gram,” said Boaz Levy, dir­ect­or of Is­rael Aerospace In­dus­tries’ MLM Mis­sile Di­vi­sion. “Giv­en the con­stant warn­ings about the Ir­a­ni­an threat, the Ar­row 3 provides us the best sup­ple­ment­ary re­sponse.”

Is­rael an­ti­cip­ates ac­tiv­at­ing the long-range in­ter­cept­or next year.

Un­like the de­ployed Ar­row 2 in­ter­cept­or, which uses an ex­plod­ing war­head to des­troy in­com­ing mis­siles, the Ar­row 3 is de­signed to use a kin­et­ic-kill vehicle to dis­able threats out­side the earth’s at­mo­sphere.

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