Israel successfully tests missile defense system against IranBy Mason White 1:13 PM February 25, 2013
|Arrow 3 missile defense system|
By: Ryan Lee Hall
The Iranian threat against Israel took another step back as Israel successfully tests its longer range missile defense system, according to press reports in the United States.
Israel completed a successful test of its Arrow 3 interceptor system on Monday, during the Purim holiday, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The system is designed to defend against medium-range missiles that could be fired from countries like Iran.
“The successful test is an important milestone in the development of the Arrow 3 Weapon System and provides further confidence for the future of Israeli defense capabilities to defeat the threat of ballistic missiles,” the statement also said.
The system test was a joint U.S. and Israeli operation that took place in the Mediterranean Sea, Monday morning.
Israel and the U.S. have been jointly developing the Arrow missile defense system since 1986. The aim is to give Israel a defense of medium-range missiles fired at the country from within the region.