Arrow 3 interceptor completes second successful flight test

Boeing Defense, Space & Security, a division of The Boeing Company, announced on Tuesday that the next-generation Arrow 3 interceptor completed its second successful flight test, potentially demonstrating an ability to strengthen Israel's defense strategy.

Boeing co-developed the Arrow 3 interceptor with Israel Aerospace Industries' MLM Division. Arrow 3 is the latest interceptor for the arrow weapon system that was jointly developed by Israel and the U.S. Its improvements over previous interceptors include the ability to launch earlier after threat detection and engage threats at higher altitudes outside the Earth's atmosphere.

"This successful flight test, 10 months after the first, is an important milestone in the decade-long partnership between IAI and Boeing in the Arrow program, and a demonstration of the effective solutions that come from global cooperation in the face of evolving threats," Bill Dickerhoff, the Arrow program director for Boeing, said.

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the Israel Ministry of Defense conducted the flight during a January 3 test of Israel's national missile defense system. The Arrow 3 interceptor launched from an Israeli test range and flew in accordance with its mission profile prior to terminating as planned over the Mediterranean Sea.

The Arrow system is the first operational, national missile defense system in the world.

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