The Israeli Air Force (IAF) will carry out the first test of the Arrow 3 missile, currently in development with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), at the beginning of 2011.

The Arrow 3 will not be used to intercept a mock enemy missile during the initial test, but will be carried out later in 2012, according to the Jerusalem Post.

IAI Arrow 3 project manager Inbal Kreiss said that the system could effectively counter all of the missile threats that exist in the region.

The system, jointly developed by IAI and Boeing in the US, will serve as Israel’s top-tier missile defence system and enhance air defence provided by the operational Arrow 2 missile.

IAI is currently modifying the existing Arrow missile launcher to accommodate the slightly smaller Arrow 3 interceptor.